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Look up: Moon and Jupiter to “blaze spectacularly close together” tonight

Astronomy Ireland said that Jupiter will look like a brilliant star blazing next to the Moon.

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LOOK UP TO the skies tonight and you’ll see something rather beautiful – the Moon and Jupiter shining brightly extremely close together.

Astronomy Ireland said that tonight the Moon and the massive planet Jupiter will “blaze spectacularly close together all night” after they rise at 4:30pm. Jupiter will look like a brilliant ‘star’ blazing next to the Moon.

David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, said:

The Moon and Jupiter tonight will form a spectacular sight in the sky. They are the two brightest things in the night sky, so they are unmissable: there is no need for a telescope, just use your eyes!

He said that this breathtaking sight will grab the attention of people all over the world as not only will they be close together, but the two objects will be placed right next to the Hyades Star Cluster, the nearest cluster of stars to Earth.

Astronomy Ireland offers weekly free telescope nights every Friday at 8pm (depending on the weather). Members of the public are invited to Astronomy Ireland’s premises in Airside Enterprise Centre, North Dublin, to use some of the country’s biggest telescopes. The telescope nights are suitable for people of all ages and experience.

For further information on the Moon and Jupiter tonight visit www.astronomy.ie.

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