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Venus, Jupiter, moon offer dazzling show

2012-02-23 22:35

Cape Canaveral - Stargazers of the world are getting a treat this weekend.

On Saturday and again on Sunday, Venus, Jupiter and Earth's moon converge for a brilliant night show.

Venus and Jupiter already are lining up in the western sky. In mid-February, the two planets were 20° apart from a viewing perspective. The gap narrows to 10° by month's end.

A crescent moon joins the show this weekend for a triple combination. The celestial encounter will be visible from around the world at twilight. The moon will appear closer to Venus on Saturday and closer to Jupiter on Sunday.

The moon then retreats from view, but Venus and Jupiter keep drawing closer. The two planets will be just 3° apart by mid-March.


Comments
  • david.flewellen - 2012-02-23 23:33

    26 March will be even better for Venus, Jupiter and the Moon being close together. And the Pleiades will be right nearby too. 13 March is the best date for seeing Venus and Jupiter closest together.

      Elemental777 - 2012-02-24 00:14

      Hi David, like most all i can muster is some lame oooh aaah when looking into the heavens, dont have much knowledge at all on the subject. Do you perhaps know when last this occurrence took place or is it quite common?

      theO rAcLe - 2012-02-24 00:34

      Common for this time of year

  • Peter - 2012-02-24 02:44

    Let's hope we get to see pictures of this event...

      Mary - 2012-02-24 07:34

      Haha, you also rather watch the movie than read the book, do you?

  • Victor - 2012-02-24 05:45

    I will be out there with my telescope

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-02-24 08:55

    RAD!!! for once, South Africans are finally going to be included in the cosmos's actions...we always seem to miss stuff. Aurora's, spaceships, meteor showers etc

      Clay - 2012-02-24 13:55

      Aliens...

      Leroy - 2012-02-24 14:30

      I just wish i could see the night sky when in a city

  • christian.gandhi.burkert - 2012-02-24 15:22

    If you have an Android phone do yourself a favour and Download Google Sky Map! It's an application that lets you point your phone towards the night sky and displays the names of stars, constellations and planets which you're looking at. Truly amazing software. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid&hl=en

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