Thursday, January 26, 2012

I keep looking up ...

Backyard Universe: Watch two bright planets converge and a special winter surprise |

I don't know how to screencap my phone yet, but this image  (via) gives you the idea.

Between now and March, Jupiter and Venus will draw closer together each night. By late February, the pair will be pretty close to one another, and on Feb. 25, a dramatic crescent moon appears near Venus. The moon passes Jupiter the next evening.
Taking out the garbage last night, I was struck by how bright Jupiter (I confirmed with the help of Google Sky Maps) was in the sky. It'll be fun to watch Venus and the (sadly, moonbase-free) Moon do-si-do in the coming weeks.
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