Venus Meets Jupiter
Taken by Piotr Dzikowski on June 30, 2015 @ Leszno, Poland, Europe
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The two brightest planets: Jupiter and Venus are the closest tonight (30 June 2015). From tomorrow they will again be drifting apart and that happens for many billions of years and so it will be in the future. The apparent wandering of the planets against the stars fascinated people for centuries, but Mikolaj Copernicus (Polish astronomer) explained the real reason for this journey: Earth and planets revolve around the sun. This phenomenon is presented in his book De revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres), published March 21, 1543 in Nuremberg. According to legend, a paper version of the work came to Copernicus on the last day of his life. The photo shows the conjunction of planets in the background of the old city of Leszno (Poland).
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