Moon and Jupiter Shine Close on Thursday’s Night Sky

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Barring weather interruptions, Thursday's night sky will show the moon and planet Jupiter shining close to each other in a spectacular view at around 10:00 p.m. EDT from mid-northern latitudes.

Later through the night, the moon will slowly pull away from Jupiter, resulting in the change in orientation between the two bright objects.

In 'slow motion,' the moon will eventually seem to be high above to Jupiter's left by around 1 a.m. (early Friday morning).

By 6:30 a.m. the moon will appear as if hovering high and almost directly above Jupiter.

In the following days, the moon will pull away to the east and wane in illumination for a new phase, leaving Jupiter as the 'superstar' of the October night sky.

On Oct. 28, Jupiter will be positioned against the constellation Aries. It will then be opposite to the sun, so Jupiter will show up at sunset and disappear from view at sunrise.

Beginning in November, Jupiter will be up in the eastern sky when the sun goes down. This will continue for the rest of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere, reports Space.com.

 

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