Spectacular show during rare alignment of Mars, Venus
Striking images of a rare planetary alignment of Venus and Mars were shared on social media this weekend, as the pair hovered in the post-sunset dusk sky. (Mike Ledermueller /Twitter)
Fan-Yee Suen, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, February 22, 2015 5:49PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 23, 2015 2:04PM EST
Striking images of a rare planetary alignment of Venus and Mars were shared on social media this weekend, as the pair hovered in the post-sunset dusk sky.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the two planets have not been this close since 2008. The pairing is known as a conjunction, and could be observed from the western horizon for three days, from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21.
NASA says Venus, a planet that is only a little smaller than the Earth in size, was the brighter of the two planets.
Stargazers who looked up could also see a crescent moon, making for an impressive show.
Images of the planetary conjunction were shared on social media over the weekend.
Venus and Mars. 1829 UT 22 February 2015. Canon 1200D. 55mm zoom. Cropped. pic.twitter.com/v17tb9Gvlt— David Blanchflower (@DavidBflower) February 22, 2015