This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).
At the end of May 2013, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a celestial triangle in the night sky.
The three planets shine together in a triangle formation low in the western sky in a planetary meet-up known as a conjunction.
We can even see them with naked eyes if the sky is clear and the place is not too bright.
This cosmic show is so special spectacular because it includes the three brightest planets visible in the May night sky.
Venus is the brightest of the trio, with Jupiter a close second and Mercury coming in third.
Flickr photographers snapped awesome photos of this very rare and special event.
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From the photographer: “A trio conjunction of the three planets is taken on 28/05/2013 at Chelsea Beach, Victoria, Australia. Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury now all fit within a 5° circle and will stay that close together until the end of May. Your thumb at arm’s length will almost cover them. This remarkable planetary trio takes place low in the west-northwest shortly after sunset. The next closest grouping of these three planets will not happen until January 2021.” (Photo by Duy Duy Tran/ Credit to Yahoo News)
This photo was taken on May 26 from Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo by Dolor Ipsum/ Credit to Yahoo News).
This photo was taken on May 26, 2013, from Lost Mountain, Georgia. (Photo by StephenGA/ Credit to Yahoo News).
The planetary triangle seen near Tucson, Arizona, on May 27. (Photo by hale_bopp27/ Credit to Yahoo News)
According to Reuters: “On Sunday, Mercury forms the top of the triangle. By Monday, Venus and Jupiter will be side by side, less than 1 degree apart.” (Photo by Nicholas David)
This photo shows the planets near each other on May 26, 2013. From Friday to Tuesday, the three will “fit within a 5-degree circle — small enough to fit inside the bowl of the Big Dipper,” according to Space.com. (Photo by the real Kam75/ Credit to Yahoo News).
From the photographer: “Venus, Mercury and Jupiter are giving a show on the evening skies as they present themselves in a 5º circle.” (Photo by Nimages DR/ Credit to Yahoo News).
This shot was taken on May 25, 2013, near Crawford, England. (Photo by TheDaveWalker/Credit to Yahoo News).
This photo was taken on May 26, 2013, from Roncaglia, Marche, Italy. (Photo by Niki Glada/ Credit to Yahoo News).
Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus align above Uncompahgre Peak in Colorado on May 26, 2013. (Photo by Michael Underwood/ Credit ti Yahoo News)
The three planets will start their separation on May 31. This photo was taken on May 26, 2013. (Photo by Julian Cooper/ Credit to Yahoo News).
According to Space.com: “All the action is taking place low in the west-northwest sky about 45 minutes to an hour after sunset where, over a span of a week, the three planets will seem to perform slow acrobatics.” (Photo by RS Yoyo/ Credit to Yahoo News).