Stargazing: Stunning conjunction and meteor shower

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Stargazers will have the opportunity to witness a beautiful conjunction between Venus and the crescent moon as well as a possible new meteor shower this week.

Look for Venus and the thin waning crescent moon Sunday morning about 45 minutes before sunrise. The duo will sit about 15 degrees above the eastern horizon. The thin crescent will be located about 2 degrees north of dazzling bright Venus, our grand "morning star." By Monday morning, the crescent will sit about 10 degrees to the lower left of Venus.

Recent calculations on the orbit of comet LINEAR suggest that the Earth may be hit with a new meteor shower overnight between Friday and Saturday. Some experts have even predicted that the shower could rival the August Perseids. The only way to find out if we are in for a spectacular show is to go outside Friday night and early Saturday morning and look toward the North Star, Polaris. The "shooting stars" will radiate from the constellation Camelopardalis, an indistinct northern constellation.


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