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Thursday, November 13, 2008


Venus caps the Teapot

The western horizon in Australian at roughly 9:30 pm local daylight saving time, 18th November (click to enlarge chart).

Venus is next to the Lagoon Nebula tonight, unfortunately, it is also behind thick cloud (see subtitle of blog).

Still over the next few days Venus has some interesting encounters. On November 17 and 18 (Monday and Tuesday) Venus forms a very bright "lid" to the teapot of Sagittarius, in the process coming very close to the bright star Kaus Australis. On the 19th and 20th of November (Wednesday and Thursday) Venus will be near the globular cluster M22. This is best seen in binoculars though (or in very dark sky sites).

All the time Venus and Jupiter are coming closer, for a spectacular rendezvous in December.

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