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What was next to the moon Wednesday night?

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Photo by Steve Rismiller Photo by Steve Rismiller
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

What a show the full Moon put on last night! 

The Cincinnati Observatory received so many calls about the Moon and the mysterious, bright object next to it.  That was the planet Jupiter!

The Moon-Jupiter conjunction was an especially close one and, as both rose after dark, they made a dramatic pair. 

The Moon was about 250,000 miles away Wednesday night, while much-larger Jupiter was over 375 million miles distant. 

Three of Jupiter's moons can be seen in the photo as well as little dots (from left to right they are Europa, Io, and Callisto). 

You can see both the Moon and Jupiter again tonight – although they'll seem much farther apart.  Get out your binoculars and telescopes and take a look.   

This Moon-Jupiter conjunction will next be repeated on December 25.  Look for them Christmas Day after sunset.

If you love talk about the planets, be sure to catch the Stargazer Report on the FOX19 Morning News.  See some examples here.

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