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Monday, 1 December 2008

Jupiter, Venus and Moon very happy to be together

Don't forget to check out the western sky early evening on the 1st December for a special smile.
The three-day-old crescent moon gets together with the two next brightest objects in the sky Venus and Jupiter and, close enough to be all three covered with an outstretched thumb, will form a 'smiley' face.  Best view will be from about 9 onward.  


  1. Will it be upside down for us in the southern hemisphere though?

  2. Nope. Just a little tilted like Mr Smiley there.

  3. i really hope i remember t watch tonight. thanks

  4. And what about us up in the northern hemisphere? Will we see Mr Smiley Face at all?

    Looks like there is another face in your picture, all made up of stars!

  5. Down (or up) here in sunless Sebring (well it WAS dark), we saw the very bright 'eyes' but the 'smile' was definitely glum.

    Is that because we're in the northern hemi where everything from smiley faces to drain water go a different way ?

    Was still very cool to see it though. Thank you, Kate.

  6. Hmmm, maybe it was a Southern H. thing... did you see it Val? Sorry it was sad for you Silverback. And probably for you too Jay.
    I don't think it has anything to do with water draining down to New Zealand :-)
    Look at it this way - horseshoes are lucky when they are ... oh no, that's wrong too.


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