The conjunction climaxed on 1st July 2015 with a separation of around 0.4 degree.
The first two pictures below were taken through my Meade LX-90 telescope. They are both uncropped – I couldn’t believe how well these two planets fitted into the frame!
The remaining images were taken with the camera on a tripod:
The two planets may have appeared close from our vantage point – but Venus was “only” 77 million km away, whilst Jupiter was much further, at about 910 million km from Earth.
Some opinions have expressed that this was an extremely rare event which last happened in the year 3BCE. Disregard this. Conjunctions of these two planets occur nearly every year. This was a good one, though.
All images © R.Powell