June 24th – July 2nd Venus and Jupiter converged to within one-third of a degree. Venus and Jupiter are the two brightest celestial bodies after the sun and moon. Venus is the brightest spot and Jupiter is the second brightest in the night sky, which makes the convergence easily visible with the naked eye.
Unfortunately, the southern California weather wasn’t the best for viewing, and a marine layer blocked the show most nights. June 30th was the night the two planets were the closest, and I was barely able to make out Jupiter behind the clouds.
These pictures were taken with my phone on “low-light setting” from the parking lot of my apartment. The planets were low in the western sky.