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Venus and Jupiter Conjunction 30th June

Jupiter and Venus
Jupiter and Venus 1 June 2015

All this month (June 2015) Venus and Jupiter will be moving closer and closer together in the night sky.

Venus and Jupiter appear to be on a collision course in the sky. They are of course not going to collide as they orbit the Sun on opposite sides of the Earth's orbit.

Venus orbits the Sun at 108,200,000 km and Jupiter at 778,500,000 km, a gap of approximately 670,300,000 km.

However when viewed from Earth during this month, they will appear to be on a collision course. They will reach their closest point on Tuesday 30th June. There will be less than 1° of difference!!!

You will be able to watch them in the sky even before sunset because they are two of the brightest objects in the sky apart from the Moon and the Sun.

At 10pm on the 1st of June they will be 21° apart, by the 5th of June this will have reduced to 17°, on the 10th June the gap will be 13° and on the 15th June only 9° apart.

Jupiter and Venus
Jupiter and Venus 15 June 2015

In the next 15 days this gap will shrink to well under 1°.

As the planets align this gap will shrink to well under 1°. At their closest you will be able to see both planets at the same time with binoculars or a small telescope.

Jupiter and Venus
Jupiter and Venus 30 June 2015

Here is an animation of the movement of Venus and Jupiter on the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th of June.

Jupiter and Venus
Jupiter and Venus Animation June 1st to 30th 2015

We hope you can all watch this spectacular event over the course of the month.

Promoting Astronomy in North East Kent.

If you live or work in the North East Kent area and are interested in Star Gazing or Astronomy and would like some help or guidance please contact us. Contact details are on our Contact us Page.

outreach 18 Oct 2014
Thanet Astronomy Group North East Kent Outreach Project



To become a member of the Thanet Astronomy Group See the Members page.

All the details you need are there including a download link for a copy of our constitution and the membership application form.


JAC & GILL Club.

JAC & GILL Club First Meeting West Bay Cafe Sat 11 04 2014.

Following the runaway success of the main Thanet Astronomy Group, we now have many families with children that are also very interested in astronomy.

Therefore, we have set up the JAC & Gill club for our younger (5 to 17 years) enthusiasts.

The JAC & Gill Club meet every Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the West Bay Cafe during the Free adults meeting.

For more information see the JAC & Gill Club page.


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We have added a page to the site so you can put short comments about what's happening at Thanet Astronomy Group. To help give people a better idea of what we do. If you have a comment you would like to add then let us know.

Star Comment

Supporting the Brownies with their Stargazing Badge

11 July 2014

Awesome...Thank you so much! Looking forward to putting it all into practice with the Brownies!

Name : Brown Owl ...8th Ramsgate East Brownies ...


Free Public Meetings Every Saturday

Thanet Astronomy Group holds a FREE daytime public meeting.

When do we meet.

Every Saturday come rain or sunshine. It is a drop in meeting between 1-4pm.

Where do we meet.

The West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QA. If the weather is good we will be outside the cafe with several telescopes talking to people about astronomy. If the weather is bad then we will be inside the cafe talking to people about astronomy.

We hold this meeting in the day time, for several important reasons...

First :- This meeting is to enable people that are new to Stargazing or Astronomy to have a friendly informal chat to their local astronomy group.

Second :- We have found that if you want to learn how to use a telescope it's a lot easer if you can see what you are doing in daylight rather than in the dark.

Third :- Some people ask how can you do astronomy in the day ? Then we show them the Sun, Sun Spots, The Moon and even look at the planet Venus. There are also many other things to look at, the wind farm, WW2 sea forts, Ships, Wild life, Cormorants fishing and then sunning to dry their wings.

Meeting at the West Bay Cafe - Sat 11 01 2014.

We are an astronomy group that is intended for people at all levels of astronomy.

We especially welcome people new to the subject. All you need is an interest in the stars above. If you want to learn about astronomy then this meeting is for you.


Library Page:

See the Library page

We are trying to set up a small library of Astronomy books. If you would like to help with this project or have any Astronomy books you would like to donate please contact us.


Thanet Astronomy Group Presentations

Click here to see details of our list of available presentations about astronomy.

We have presentations on the History of Astronomy, Jupiter and its Moons, The Planets, The Moon, and Asteroide 2012 DA14.

Jupiter's Galilean Moons

Jupiters Moons

Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto

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Whats On!

FREE Saturday Meetings

June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

December 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Time : 1 - 4pm


At the West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8QZ,

See the meetings page for details

Members Club Meeting.

Dates and Times


West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QZ.