Scheduled launch event and Venus-Jupiter conjunction observations
Our next launch event is scheduled for Thursday March 15. The weather forecast looks promising for rocket launches but a bit iffy right now for observing this weeks Venus-Jupiter conjunction. We will aim for launching a bunch of rockets until darkness falls (around 19:36pm) and then (if we are not frozen stiff and the sky clears) we may stay to try to catch a glimpse of the marvellous Venus-Jupiter conjunction. A conjunction means that two celestial bodies appear near one another in the sky when seen from Earth. During this week Venus and Jupiter are side-by-side only ~3o apart in the western sky, beaming through the twilight as soon as the sun goes down. The next such transit doesn’t occur until 2117, so there really is not excuse to not pull on your long johns, mittens, toque and head out with a thermos of hot coco to witness this spectacle first hand.
Location: UoA Cosmodrome
Time: 5pm and onward
This is from the “The Rocket Scientists” blog (