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Jupiter Dances With The Moon

Stargazers in the Americas have an extraordinary opportunity on the night of Monday, January 21, 2013. Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, will appear less than a finger-width from the Moon throughout North America. And in much of South America, the Moon will actually pass right in front of Jupiter, hiding it from view.

The pair is already very close together at sunset. The time of their closest approach on the evening of January 21st depends on your location; it’s around 7 p.m. in the Pacific time zone, 8:30 p.m. Mountain, 10 p.m. Central, and 11:30 p.m. Eastern time. To find out when the Moon occults (hides) Jupiter for selected locations in South America, see the International Occultation Timing Association website.

Full Story: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/about/pressreleases/Jupiter-Moon-Pairing-187136621.html

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