Stargazing: Stunning evening conjunction

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Wednesday's new moon signals the start of the next lunar cycle. Our closest neighbor in space will move east away from the sun, and a very young thin crescent moon will be seen in twilight just above the western horizon Thursday evening. As the wafer-thin crescent continues to move through the ecliptic and the zodiac, it will climb higher in the western sky and sit just 2 degrees away from Jupiter on Sunday night.

Look for the 3-day-old waxing crescent moon Saturday night at 9:30, 25 degrees above the western horizon in Taurus. The lunar crescent will sit between the Pleiades and Aldebaran, Taurus' brightest star. By Sunday evening, the crescent moon will have climbed about 10 degrees higher and sit just to the left of Jupiter.

Over the next two months, Jupiter will continue to move closer to the western horizon. Before the Jovian giant disappears from the sky, it will join in an impressive tight triangle with Mercury and Venus at the end of May.

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