The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs when the two planets appear to be very close together in the sky from the vantage point of Earth. This happens because of the planets’ relative positions in their orbits around the Sun.
Venus and Jupiter are two of the brightest planets in the night sky, and when they come into conjunction, it can be a spectacular sight. The last time the two planets appeared to be this close together was on November 24, 2019, and the next conjunction is expected to occur on March 1, 2023.
During the conjunction, Venus and Jupiter will appear to be only a few degrees apart in the sky. This can create a beautiful visual effect, with the two planets appearing almost like a double star.
It happens every March 20 or 21, signaling the return of sunshine, warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and birds, bees, and butterflies in the Northern Hemisphere. Or, for those Down Under, it heralds autumn’s arrival. But what exactly is the spring equinox?
Is it an astronomical event? A holiday once marked by the ancients? Actually, it’s both. And don’t let the name fool you—just because those above the equator call it the spring equinox, that doesn’t mean it jibes with the meteorological start of the season. The latter is not based on celestial occurrences, but instead the annual temperature cycle and the 12-month calendar. This year, it fell on March 1.