Venus, Jupiter & Moon were smiling on Monday

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. :slight_smile:

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?” :slight_smile:

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]
news.nationalgeographic.com/news … photo.html

Um, yes. Sorry, MT, but Fox beat you to it…

Yep, I’d been waiting for that, although it was Tuesday night here no?.. damm short term memory… anyway it was really cool, Jupiter and Venus were both bright and visible well before sundown, blue skies with three glowing orbs… where’s the starwars emoticon?..

I was out for a bike ride and so got to enjoy it for a long time. Truly smiling. I couldn’t help but smile back everytime I looked up. I tried to get a pic but by the time I got home the moon was too low. I expected it would be out again the next night as you often see a planet and the moon stuck together in a pattern for many days but not this time.

Maybe because it was plastered all over the Chinese newspapers? :wink:


Doesn’t look happy to me.

They looked great again tonight, although the smile was gone as the planets were lined up with the moon (at least when I saw it).

Which planet is which?

I assume that the one on the left is Venus cause Jupiter is so far away no?

Just found this. My assumption was correct.

http://www.earthsky.org/radioshows/52755/venus-and-jupiter-conjunction-moon-nearby