Big conjunction on December 30!

Big conjunction on December 30!

Big conjunction on December 30!

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Dec. 29 2008 5:39 PM

Big conjunction on December 30!

I just glanced out a window and was stunned by what I saw: Jupiter, the thin crescent Moon, Venus, and δ Capricornus all lined up nice 'n pretty in the west. If there weren't clouds over the foothills to my west, I'd have seen Mercury too. If you have a telescope -- a good one -- you can even find Neptune lined up in there!

Tuesday night this gets even better, with the Moon edging closer to Venus. If you get a chance, go look! If you want more info on this lovely lineup, try Sky and Telescope's website, and Earth & Sky.

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