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Planetary Alignment Peaks With Celestial Show This Weekend

Planetary Alignment Peaks With Celestial Show This Weekend

By Irene Klotz
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Fri May 24, 2013 | 4:22pm EDT

(Reuters) - Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky this month, will be joined by tiny Mercury for a rare celestial show this weekend.

Typically, Venus, the second-closest planet to the sun, and Jupiter, which orbits beyond Mars, are tens of millions of miles apart. But they have been cycling together while moving ever closer to each other this month, joined by the innermost planet Mercury.

The celestial show peaks on Sunday when the trio will appear as a bright triangle of light in the western sky beginning about 30 minutes after sunset.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-space-planets-i...



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