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Old 11-30-08, 07:16 PM   #1
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Anyone look up last night or tonight at the sky?

I was out running the dogs last night and on the way back looked at the south sky and saw two huge lights from stars , on over the other ..then today found out its jupiter and venus

Jupiter and Venus to Converge

By Joe Rao Skywatching Columnist
posted: 21 November 2008
11:04 am ET

The most spectacular celestial sight during these final days of November is reserved for the early evening sky, as Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest planets, draw closer together.
The waxing crescent moon will join the planets on the first evening of December for a striking celestial trio.
One of my astronomy mentors, Dr. Kenneth L. Franklin (1923-2007), a former Chairman and Chief Astronomer at New York's Hayden Planetarium, often made reference to our "dynamic and ever-changing night sky." Such an eloquent description certainly fits our current evening sky, as we now have a celestial summit meeting in the making in the western evening twilight.
For the remainder of November, evening skywatchers can watch as each evening Jupiter and Venus slowly converge on each other in the southwestern sky, right after sunset. The two planets will appear a similar distance apart on both the evenings of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. They will be so close you'll be able to stretch your arm out and, with your thumb, blot both of them out.
After Dec. 1, like two celestial ships passing in the night, the planets will slowly separate, but there will still be one more eye-catching sight to see. For on that very same evening, those who gaze toward the south-southwest sky for up to about two hours after sunset arise will be treated to a spectacular sight as Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon cluster closely together. The trio will form a wide isosceles triangle, with Venus at the vertex.
It should prove quite a spectacle for naked eye, binoculars, or camera. Imagine the astrological significance that the ancients might have ascribed to a celestial summit meeting such as this! Moreover, for much of Europe, the moon will actually appear to cross in front of Venus resulting in a rare occultation.
Writing of this spectacular celestial configuration in Guy Ottewell's 2008 Astronomical Calendar, Fred Schaaf calls the sight "stunning," adding that "they will draw all eyes their way."
The moment of closest approach for Venus and Jupiter will actually come during the early morning hours of Dec. 1, unfortunately when this "dynamic duo" is below the horizon for North America. They'll be separated by just over 2-degrees, which correspond to roughly one-half the distance that separates Pollux from Castor, the "Twin Stars" of Gemini (The width of your fist, held at arm's length roughly corresponds to 10-degrees).
Generally speaking, at least for the next few years, conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter come in pairs. The first conjunction takes place in the morning sky, usually followed about 10 months later by another in the evening sky. Then, two and a half years later, Venus and Jupiter are again in conjunction, again in the morning sky. On Feb. 1 of this year, Venus and Jupiter were paired-off in the morning sky. After Dec. 1, Venus and Jupiter will next get together again in the morning sky on May 11, 2011. And ten months later, in March of 2012 they will again pair off in the evening sky right after sundown.
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Old 12-01-08, 02:41 PM   #2
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Lately it has been to cloudy to see, hopefully it clears up soon so I can.
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Old 12-02-08, 05:37 PM   #3
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Saw it the other night, cold and clear.
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Old 12-02-08, 05:42 PM   #4
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Its cloudy here but they are starting to seperate, but still visible, really bright light
heres what we are seeing, then later in the night the two go up to the 10 o'clock postion

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Old 12-02-08, 10:45 PM   #5
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see it tonight jb. looks awesum. but is it the beginning of the end? the last time this happened was in ( i think) 2 a d. am i right?
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