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Venus and Jupiter to Converge

Venus is passing just 0.1o below 3rd-magnitude star Lambda Sagittarii. Viewed through binoculars or a small telescope, Venus appears to have gained a moon--a remarkable sight. Finding Venus is easy. Go outside at sunset and look southwest. Venus is one of two bright lights shining through the cobalt-blue:

Venus and Jupiter are rushing together, drawing noticably closer every night. The climax occurs at the end of the month when, with the two planets only 2o apart, the crescent Moon leaps up from the horizon to join them for a three-way conjunction of rare and spectacular beauty.

Sky maps: Nov. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Dec 1.
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