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Moon and Jupiter: A great sight tonight

Frigid air is coming in and it will be a chilly inauguration but later this evening, even if the wind picks up and any clouds break up, well worth a quick look outside.{ } The gibbous moon and the brilliant planet Jupiter will be less than 1° apart tonight.{ }

{ } What astronomers call a "conjunction"{ } Tonight the moon is about 250,000 miles away and Jupiter is about 413 million miles away (almost 2000 times farther away){ } yet they will appear to be almost touching in the night sky.

{ } In fact in parts of the South America the tonight the moon will "occult" the brilliant Jupiter.{ } Much more about this cosmic event here and here and of course at Sky and Telescope here .Bundle up and enjoy.

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