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View of Jupiter and gibbous moon reward night owls

18 Aug 2011, 07:01 UTC
View of Jupiter and gibbous moon reward night owls
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If you are out late at night or early in the morning, take a moment to look at the bright waning moon and our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter.

A late night or early morning search of the skies will reward you with a waning gibbous moon and the planet Jupiter. Jupiter and the moon will continue to get closer over the next couple of days.
The moon will be the first to rise in the east a few hours before midnight with Jupiter following an hour or so later. They will swing westward and upward throughout the wee nighttime hours. By dawn, the twosome will be high in the southern sky. (Or as seen from the southern hemsiphere, the moon and Jupiter will be in the north to northwest sky.)
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Jupiter will be the next brightest object in the sky after the moon. Currently Jupiter is in front of the constellation Aries, the Ram. Aries is one of thirteen constellations along the ecliptic. The moon, sun and the planets follow paths on or near the ecliptic. Late August 18 through the morning of August 19, the moon will be in front of the constellation of ...

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