Watch Moon, Venus and Jupiter at their closest

December 1st, 2008 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) As the sun went down Monday evening, the three brightest objects in the sky - Jupiter, Venus and Moon - came closest, a phenomenon that will not be visible again till 2012. The two brightest planets in the solar system and the moon were seen just two degrees apart Monday evening and will be visible all through the night.

Several people thronged the Old Fort in the capital as Nehru Planetarium has put up telescopes so that the public can see the celestial activity.

“It was really beautiful to watch the celestial triangle as Venus and Jupiter beamed together through the twilight. People, especially children, came in large numbers to watch the conjunction,” Nehru Planetarium director N. Rathnashree told IANS.

“I regularly gaze the night sky but believe me it was the best show of the year. It was amazing to watch the conjunction,” said Ritupurno Das, a college student at Old Fort.

Jupiter and Venus have been rapidly coming towards each other for the last few days and were closest Monday.

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