Conjunctions From Mars

Conjunctions From Mars

Phobos and Jupiter conjunction.jpg


Conjunctions are fun to see on Earth. A conjunction is when two astronomical bodies appear to meet or pass by one another. A regular conjunction is the new moon as it passes between the Sun and Earth. Now thanks to the Mars Express we can observe conjunctions from Mars. The image above shows a conjunction between the martian moon, Phobos and the distant planet, Jupiter. At the time the images were taken the distance between these two solar system bodies was 529 million km, but the spacecraft was only 11,400 km from Phobos. It’s an amazing sight to see such otherwordly conjunctions. Maybe one day humans will be able to observe them with their own eyes.


Learn more:


http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/05/Phobos_and_Jupiter_align


Image credit: 


ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

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