Tuesday, December 02, 2008

the moon, venus & jupiter dazzle in the sky

anyone looking up at the night sky yesterday managed to see a rare conjunction of the moon, venus, & jupiter.

venus is the brighter of the two points of light (jupiter is hugely bigger, but venus is close to the sun).

for those who missed it, you'll get another chance to see it in 2013.

although the three objects appear close together, appearances in astronomy are deceiving.

the Moon is only 252,000 miles away, less far than you may have driven in your lifetime.

right now Venus is 370 times farther away, at 94 million miles. and Jupiter, at 540 million miles, is nearly six times farther than Venus.

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