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A gathering of celestial bodies

November
27

Once you manage to wrest your gaze away from the turkey and all the leftovers, look up into the night sky. Starting tonight, the planets Venus and Jupiter will begin moving closer together and by Monday they will be a finger’s width apart and joined by the moon.

National Geographic News bills the event as a “real showpiece.”

“This is set to be the best planetary gathering of the year, simply because it involves three of the brightest objects in the sky after the sun,” said Geza Gyuk, director of astronomy at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Here’s a map from NASA as to how the sky should look by Monday night.

In case you’re wondering why you should check this out, there’s this argument:

“The three celestial objects come together from time to time, but often they are too close to the sun or unite at a time when they aren’t so visible. The next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be Nov. 18, 2052, according to Jack Horkheimer, director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium.”

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 9:07 am by Mike Risinit. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: jupiter, spectacular conjunction, venus

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The Nature of Things provides a chance to talk about the wild denizens that share the Lower Hudson Valley with us and the natural settings that make this place home for everyone. From Long Island Sound to the Hudson River to the Great Swamp and beyond, almost anything related to the environment is fair game in this blog.

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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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