Stargazing: Venus and Jupiter (Photos, Video) Shine With Moon
By Brenda Jones
Dec 2, 2008
What a spectacle on Monday night. Venus and Jupiter made up part of the beautiful picture against a clear dark sky and the Crescent moon provided a brilliant image in the night sky. If you were outside it was impossible to miss as Venus, Jupiter and the moon were the three brightest objects in the sky and impossible to miss.
According to EFlux Media this is a rare event and the next time the two planets will line up in this short of distance from the moon and be as visible from earth is about forty-four years away and won't occur again until November of 2052.
According to a report from National Geographic, some historians believe "that a similar conjunction between Jupiter and Venus in 2 B.C. may be the source of the "star of Bethlehem" story related in the Bible." See video here from ABC 2. More pictures here from British Columbia.
DB Techno notes that the moon came in at 252,000 miles away from Earth, compared to Venus which was 94 million miles away. The report adds that "Jupiter, which was the least brightest of the three, was 540 million miles away."
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