Friday, September 16, 2011

Perfect pairing of the Moon and Jupiter this Friday morning!

The Moon and Jupiter are "hanging out" often lately in the night sky, and this Friday morning, they're perfectly paired closer to each other than most mornings so far this week. Visibility is great across the majority of central Virginia because of clearing skies overnight behind yesterday's strong cold front. If you can before sunrise at 6:52 a.m., look for the Moon and the bright, steady light just to its left. That light is the planet Jupiter!

Here is the sky-map looking Southwest from Richmond of the pairing shortly after 6:15, when I took the video below.

And here's that video I shot at the same time from outside the CBS 6 studios on West Broad Street:

If you missed this viewing opportunity this morning, don't worry, there will be other opportunities to see the two clearly in the night sky over the next week (just not this weekend because of cloud-cover). Learn more about this celestial pairing by clicking here.
--Meteorologist Carrie Rose

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