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Venus and Jupiter in Morning Skies

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Venus and Jupiter in Morning Skies


These two celestial beacons shining brightly in the east before
sunrise are actually
children of the Sun,
the planets Venus and Jupiter.

The second and third brightest objects in
the sky at Night
after the Moon,
Venus and Jupiter
appeared separated by about 2 degrees
when this picture was taken on January 30th, but closed to within
nearly half a degree early yesterday morning.

In the serene foreground is the
shoreline along the
Peninsula and Gorgan Bay, an important
bird and wildlife
refuge in the
southeastern Caspian Sea.

Over the next two days, early morning risers around the globe
will be able to enjoy a close pairing of Venus and Jupiter
with an old crescent Moon.

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