Did anyone else see this on Monday night?
I did. It was great. Even better than shown in that photo (because the rest of hte moon wasn’t visible, just the crescent). I was driving home from work and – holy shit – the moon was smiling at me, with two eyes and a big grin.
Never seen anything like that before. Then, I was extremely pleased when my wife, who I wouldn’t ordinarily expect to notice such things, asked during dinner, “did you see the moon smiling?”
Anyway, I was pleased again, just now to run into this and learn what happened.
[quote]December 2, 2008—The heavens smiled down on Earth Monday in a rare celestial trifecta of Venus, Jupiter, and the moon.
The planets aligned—an event known as a conjunction—Sunday night, and were joined by a thin sliver of moon on Monday.
The rare planetary meeting was visible from all parts of the world, even from light-polluted cities such as Hong Kong and New York.
People in Asia witnessed a smiley face (above, photographed from Manila, Philippines), while skywatchers in the United States saw a frown.
The three brightest objects in the sky were so tightly gathered that one could eclipse them with a thumb, according to NASA’s Web site.
The next visible Venus-Jupiter conjunction will be on the evening of March 14, 2012, but the two planets will appear farther apart in the sky.[/quote]
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