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SYFY WIRE Bad Astronomy

Paradise above and below

By Phil Plait

Speaking of Mark Ellis, he also sent me this ethereal, unearthly photo he took of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter as he was on a beach in Maui:


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I love how the clouds are smeared out a bit, but the stars -- and planets! -- are solid and sharp. Venus and Jupiter are pulling apart now, but it's still worth taking a look over the next few days. They're still well over the horizon for most people even when the sky is full-on dark, and Venus is so bright it's almost unbelievable.

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