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If you have a good clear western sky tonight, Mercury, Venus, & Jupiter are in alignment.
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It's been a beautiful thing seeing them lately. Even though they and all planets are on the ecliptic path, planetary conjunctions are rarely close enough for the use of a telescope of any power.
Aside from the naked [] eye, binoculars are the only option for a closer look. I've been using my pair with a 20x magnification. []

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Perseids meteor shower peaks over the next couple days.
Northern Hemispherians have a better view.

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The other night while driving home after picking up some BBQ ribs for dinner, I saw Venus bright in the western sky. But the cool thing was I got to see for a few minutes a giant new moon that had just begun to wax crescent. It was a scratch of yellow-orange light hanging like a bowl over the horizon all magnified by the atmosphere. I could see crater shadows along the edge. Had I not been transporting hot food, I would have driven up Settlement Road and got a good view to take a pic.
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Nature never ceases to amaze.
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Hunter's Moon had a bit of eclipse, but is bright in the sky now.

So, is comet ISON a fizzle?

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Maybe it's rockier than usual for a comet?
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It appears ISON may be a survivor after diving 700,000 miles (1.1MKm) into the sun from the Oort Cloud.

Why do I picture giants throwing dirty snowballs at our sun then placing bets on how close they can get and still return.... kinda like horseshoes?

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And the bright wanderers Venus and Jupiter are out and about in the night sky!
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If the sun were shrunk to the diameter of 8 inches, the earth would be the size of a peppercorn 26 yards away. Pluto would be one thousand yards away.

A light year on this same scale is 1,000 miles and the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, would be 4,200 miles away.

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I checked out the 'supermoon; last night and tonight, and yes, it looked a bit bigger and it was brighter. Really lit up the night!
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It was cool seeing the slight crescent moon with Venus in the western sky.
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There's a crescent [] Venus for a couple of months next year as she approaches us in her orbit.
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American eclipse

Aug. 21, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJqeyxye_E

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My girlfriend watched the sunrise this morning, and she says she saw Nibiru. []
Nibiru planet X

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