Bad Astronomy

Big conjunction on December 30!

I just glanced out a window and was stunned by what I saw: Jupiter, the thin crescent Moon, Venus, and δ Capricornus all lined up nice ‘n pretty in the west. If there weren’t clouds over the foothills to my west, I’d have seen Mercury too. If you have a telescope – a good one – you can even find Neptune lined up in there!

Tuesday night this gets even better, with the Moon edging closer to Venus. If you get a chance, go look! If you want more info on this lovely lineup, try Sky and Telescope’s website, and Earth & Sky.