Saturday, November 29, 2008

Look to the southwest after sunset on Dec. 1

Image: Rendition of Dec. 1 night sky showing the moon, Venus and Jupiter
Click on picture to read article.... / Starry Night Software
Look to the southwest after sunset on Dec. 1, 2008 (my BD) for a close conjunction between three bright solar system objects: the moon, Venus and Jupiter. If you have binoculars, you might even be able to fit all three of them in the field of view. Between now and then, you can see Jupiter and Venus getting closer together each evening.
By Joe Rao
Skywatching columnist

Every once in a while, something will appear in the night sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. It's likely to be that way on Monday evening, Dec. 1.

A slender crescent moon, just 15 percent illuminated, will appear in very close proximity to the two brightest planets in our sky, Venus and Jupiter.

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