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Bright Venus & Moon Thrill Skywatchers This Week

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posted on Dec, 28 2011 @ 02:27 AM
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The planet Venus paired up with the moon Monday (Dec. 26) in an eye-catching sky show that dazzled skywatchers across the United States. And there's still time to catch the celestial display.






Venus and the moon appeared near each other in the Monday evening sky in a cosmic alignment known as a conjunction. At sunset, Venus and the crescent moon could be seen shining brightly about 7 degrees apart in the southwestern sky (closer than your fist held at arm's length). "It was another cold, clear, and beautiful night in Truckee, CA," skywatcher David Smoyer told SPACE.com in an email. "The moon and Venus were so close together, shining through gorgeous sunset colors."




source : space.com



If you missed Venus and the moon shining together this week, don't fret. A similar close conjunction of the two objects will occur on Jan. 25 and 26.

Would love to see some pictures from members if they got any?

edit on 28-12-2011 by Violence because: (no reason given)




posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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I didn't happen to catch any pictures of this but did notice it a few nights.

I thought it was kind of interesting since now that the moon is waxing you've still been able to see the the full outline of the rest of the moon.. kind of ghostlike. but really cool with venus next to it!



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