Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Close Encounter of Jupiter and Moon

Photographer Greg Diesel Walck captured this photo of Jupiter near the moon from the coasts of North Carolina on Jan. 21, 2013 during an extreme close encounter. CREDIT: Greg Diesel Walck/ 

A night sky meeting of Jupiter and the moon, called a conjunction, amazed skywatchers around the world last night (Jan. 21).

The waxing gibbous moon and Jupiter — the two brightest objects in last night's sky — appeared to be almost touching for part of the night before the moon crept below and past the gas giant, continuing on in its orbit.

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