Friday, March 3, 2023

Spectacular and Miraculous Sign in the Heavens on March 1, 2023

 The Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on March 1, 2023

Spectacular: beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way.

Miraculous: highly improbable and extraordinary and bringing very welcome consequence

After attending a lecture in Provo on the evening of March 1, my wife and I were driving around to find a good place to see what some called, the 'kissing' of Venus and Jupiter (or what the astronomers call the Conjunction) The two planets appear so close to one another, some called it a kiss. In reality,  the never touch but the closest they'll ever come from our perspective is about the diameter of a full moon apart. 

It has been snowing the entire day and even though the snow had stopped that evening, it was still very cloudy. I wasn't sure if it was going to be possible to view the conjuction of the two brightest planets. Doubt started to set in as well as disappoint since it was important for me to observe this Heavenly Sign and I was unable to see anything through the heavy clouds.

I thought, if this sign is important surely it was meant to be seen and not be veiled behind clouds.  sSo, we started to drive back home hoping maybe Salt Lake had clearer skies. We were somewhere near American Fork, when I thought I saw a break in the clouds. I took the next exit and got out of my car looking West. 

What happened next was amazing. For a very brief moment, Venus appeared from behind the clouds and then Jupiter appeared right beside her. Both planets visible side by side before they disappeared again for the rest of the night. Very grateful to be able to see this Spectacular and to me, miraculous event.

Here are the three photos to bear record of the event. 

Photo of the Planets behind the clouds at 8:33 PM on March 1, 2023

Photo of Venus appearing from the clouds at 8:33 PM on March 1, 2023

Photo of both Venus and Jupiter at 8:33 PM on March 1, 2023