Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Venus, Jupiter & Moon Make Skywatching Triple Play This Week

Date: 22 February 2012 Time: 10:25 AM ET
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Triple Conjunction Sky Map February 2012
Venus, Jupiter, and the moon form a skywatching treat in the evening sky on for the week of Feb. 22, 2012, with a triple conjunction on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.
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Anyone out under the stars in the early evening lately likely cannot help but notice two brilliant objects dominating the western sky: the planets Venus and Jupiter.
Venus, because it is closer to the sun than Earth, never strays far from the sun in our sky. Jupiter, being outside the Earth's orbit, can appear anywhere along the ecliptic — the path of the sun, moon, and planets across the sky. Venus and Jupiter are gradually growing closer, and will pass each other on March 13.

MORE: http://www.space.com/14644-venus-jupiter-moon-skywatching-triple-play.html

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