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The big conjunction: Tonight's the night!

Best evening to see close approach of Moon, Jupiter, Venus

 

Step outside this evening at nightfall. Look to the west, just as the bats begin to flutter and the chimney swifts are turning in for bed, and you'll see an awesome sight: a young crescent moon, Jupiter, and Venus hanging low in the glow of the setting sun.

The moon will be nuzzling right up to Jupiter, with Venus standing just above. It will be quite a sight, since the moon, Venus and Jupiter are respectively, the brightest, second- and third-brightest celestial bodies of the night.

The three have been close together in the west for the last two nights, but tonight they will reach their maximal proximity. They will remain visible for only a short time after dark.

A close approach of planets is called a conjunction and is always a mysterious sight, but this one involves three heavenly bodies instead of two, and the brightest ones at that will be a poetic moment.

It's thought that a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that occurred in 2 B.C., fused them visually to produce what looked like a single dazzling star -- the Star of Bethlehem. Perhaps, tonight you, too, will want to wander westward.

Just don't forget to come back for work tomorrow.

Kathy Jeske Senory March 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Our Lord and Savior is still and will always be in control of the heavenly bodies.
Rebecca McCarthy March 26, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Isn't it just lovely?
Rebecca McCarthy March 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
And what beautiful things are in the heavens! Thank goodness, no clouds.
laura March 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
We were wondering which planets they were - thanks for the post!
Pat McAlexander March 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
A conjunction that's not grammatical!! I will be out tonight loking for it. Thanks for this information!

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