Originally published: November 20 2008
Go outside at sunset and look southwest . 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 sight in binoculars / telescope & unaided eye. The pic above shows what you will see but wrong date, loved the photo !
Depending on what night/date it is here are some maps to help you track these tangoing planets ..
December 1st The crescent moon tries to cut in for a dance with Venus but Jupiter is not going to let it happen ! that's his girl.
Get your camera out astro-photographers , it is going to make for beautiful pictures .Take any during the dancing planet's nights of coming together ?? Send them here and I'll add them to this post. Share with other's tour experience watching the planets in comments.
don't miss out on this! I'll be out there, freezin my heiny off but this night is worth it.