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Jupiter Joins the Moon - Dec. 5-6, 2011
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The view of the night sky looking toward the moon Dec. 5 - 7, 2011, with Jupiter
Sky view created using Celestia.

Step outside this week and watch the moon glide by Jupiter!

No doubt you've noticed the bright object high in the evening skies this fall. That's Jupiter!

A view of the solar system
You can recreate this view for yourself using this link to Eyes on the Solar System. See http://1.usa.gov/sIGkq9.
This week, you get a bonus view. Watch the waxing moon as it appears above Jupiter on Dec. 5 and to the left of Jupiter on Dec. 6.

Although they look close together, Jupiter is nearly 400 million miles from Earth while the moon is only 239,000 miles away.

Zoom in for Earth's view of the moon and Jupiter, or for a solar system perspective zoom out and view the orbits of the planets using the link on your right.

Find out "What's Up" in the night sky each month. See http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/whatsup-archive.cfm.

You can recreate this view using NASA's Eyes on the Solar System.


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About: Jane Houston Jones
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Jane is an astronomer, NASA science podcast developer, writer, educational and outreach artisan and social media enthusiast. She and her husband have an asteroid (22338 Janemojo) named after them.
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