Planets in Conjunction (August 15, 2014)
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At their closest approach, these two bright planets, Mercury and Jupiter, were less than 1o apart (Aug. 2, 2014) as they passed by each other. Of course, this was not visible for us here at Earth, but SOHO could observe the phenomenon called a conjunction. The Sun's bright glare is blocked by an occulting disk so that we can see fainter objects near and around the Sun. The video covers just over two days. Credit: SOHO, NASA/ESA.
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