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Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon in Rare Conjunction


If you looked up in the sky last night you may have seen the rare conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter (far right), and Venus, an event that won't happen again until May 11, 2011. Above is a photo taken from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A somewhat shaky video of the event that was shot in Australia, is AFTER THE JUMP...

In the northern hemisphere, the celestial event appeared as sort of a frown because of the crescent moon, while in Australia's southern hemisphere the same event reversed to form a smiley face.

Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of it yesterday, or I would have warned you space porn fanatics to keep an eye out for it.

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  1. Aw shoot, I missed seeing it, I'll check out the video and wait until next year. Love the pic though.

    Posted by: Red | Dec 2, 2008 11:45:06 AM

  2. I happened to see it at random. Quite spectacular, especially over the normally starless NYC skyline.

    Posted by: dave | Dec 2, 2008 11:52:43 AM

  3. Wow ....i was driving back from Dingle, County Kerry to Dublin and I saw these bright that's what they were, thanks for explanation Andy

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Dec 2, 2008 12:32:36 PM

  4. an awesome sight as the sun set here in Hawaii...

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 2, 2008 12:58:31 PM

  5. I totally saw this last night and thought it was odd (they were shining bright before the sun was done setting), but I wish I'd known what it was. Cool nonetheless.

    Posted by: MichaelK | Dec 2, 2008 1:39:06 PM

  6. I heard it's not happening again until November 2052. Where'd the 2011 date come from? Either way, glad I saw it when I did.

    Posted by: Cj | Dec 2, 2008 1:52:21 PM

  7. I caught it last night as I walked through downtown Manhattan. Absolutely beautiful!

    Posted by: tominjersey | Dec 2, 2008 1:57:21 PM

  8. I saw it...was super cool. In CA it looked like a smiley face though...or maybe I remember wrong...

    Posted by: Cody | Dec 2, 2008 2:17:42 PM

  9. The physics of the perspective are blowing my tiny mind.

    I know that the man in the moon appears upside down when viewed from NZ (45 degrees south) as opposed to Toronto (45 degrees north). And that explains the smile and frown. But why would it be a smiley face south, and frowny north... upside down on :)is (: it's not ):


    Posted by: MammaB | Dec 2, 2008 3:57:09 PM

  10. I saw it driving home last night from work -- it looked kind of freaky, in a cool way... like we were looking at the nighttime sky of a different planet.

    Posted by: k | Dec 2, 2008 8:58:57 PM

  11. how cool - I saw it here in Pennsylvania - it's so cool that people saw it all over the world

    Posted by: John | Dec 7, 2008 7:49:34 PM

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