The Moon and Jupiter make a pretty pair after sunset


Jupiter stands near the Moon as the Sun sets this evening. 


Look low in the west-southwest after sunset and you’ll see a slender crescent Moon standing 4° above Jupiter. 

The pretty pair stands nearly 10° above the horizon an hour after sunset and sets shortly after the last vestiges of twilight fades away. 

Jupiter shines quite bright – at magnitude –1.8 – among the background stars of Libra the Scales. Although it is the brightest point of light in the sky, it lies too low to show much detail through a telescope.


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