Jupiter cozies up to the moon for our celestial viewing pleasure1/21/2013
If you were dazzled by the blue moon this fall, we have another astral delight for you. Jupiter and the Moon are scheduled for a lovely courting dance Monday night for stargazers, providing weather cooperates and inaugural festivities don't consume your attention. The two brightly shining space behemoths will hit an appulse — the closest approach of one celestial body to another — around 11 p.m. Eastern time, marking their closest appearance to U.S. and southern Canadian viewers until 2026. Of course, "close," is a relative term. The moon will actually be about 248,700 miles from Earth, while Jupiter will be nearly 1,664 times farther out, at 413.8 million miles. But in astral terms, that might as well be next door. [Source]
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