According to a Feb. 17 Yahoo News report, the moon will sail past planet Jupiter tonight, Feb. 17 and also on Feb. 18, in what the publication calls the “latest celestial encounter of Earth's natural satellite and the largest planet in the solar system.”
Since November, the moon and Jupiter have reportedly been very busy with a “series of conjunctions,” with the most recent one on Jan. 21. The Feb. 18 event is being hailed as the closest approach to date, and will take place at approximately 7 a.m. EST.
The Republican Herald refers to this week’s conjunction as a “good show hits the sky,” and explains, Astronomically, it's called a conjunction, but I prefer to call it a celestial hugging or tango. Early Sunday evening, the tango places the moon to the lower right of Jupiter. They'll make quite a dazzling duo since Jupiter is the brightest star-like object in the night sky right now. Monday evening, the slightly more rounded off moon will be to the left of Jupiter as it continues its night to night eastward track among the stars on its way to being a full moon next week.”
Those interested in pulling out their telescopes for this “good show” can check out Sky and Telescope magazine for more details.
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