“Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses!”
“Conjunction in Space, what’s your function? I’m a cosmic rendezvous in which two celestial objects appear to be close to each other even though we’re still hundreds of light years away.”
Looking up into the night sky over the next few evening will provide a splendid treat for those interested in somewhat rare space happenings. From now until June 10, Mars and Regulus appear to be on a collision course (in actuality Regulus is 77 light years away from Mars). As Mars approaches Regulus, they will appear closer and closer until Mars passes and moves away from its celestial neighbor.
After just getting in from a dewy, yet clear night (the first nice one in quite some time) I took some observations of Mars and Regulus. Currently, they are about 4 to 5 degrees apart. I Measured this by clenching my fist and holding it out, this is roughly ten degrees of distance. Each night should bring the two objects noticeably closer, until they reach their closest point on June 6.
Here is a diagram from Stellarium of what I saw tonight!
I guess School House Rock can explain anything!
Now, if only I were allowed to produce their next video, imagine the possibilities.
Special Note-While viewing a galaxy tonight at 48X magnification, I witnessed a satellite travel through my field of view followed by another no more than 10 seconds later traveling in the exact opposite direction.
Very strange and surprising!