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Look out for a celestial spectacle in the skies tonight

The Moon and Jupiter will line up spectacularly close together tonight, Astronomy Ireland has said.

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LOOK TO THE skies tonight and you’ll see a celestial spectacle.

Tonight, the Moon and the massive planet Jupiter will blaze close together all night after they rise at 9.30pm.

David Moore, who is the chairman of Astronomy Ireland, explained more about the event tonight, saying:

Jupiter will look like a brilliant ‘star’ blazing just above the Moon and very close to it.

This breathtaking sight will grab the attention of people all over the country (and indeed the world!) as the two celestial bodies will be placed extremely close together in the night sky.

Moore added:

I can’t wait to see how close the two objects will be: they’ll be even closer than a finger width held out at arms length! I’ve seen this happen a few times before in my lifetime and it has always been an awe inspiring spectacle.

He said that the coming 10 days is going to be fantastic for skywatchers around Ireland. Astronomy Ireland will hold a public lecture on Monday, 8 October in Trinity College Dublin, where one of Ireland’s leading science communicators will explain what the famous “God Particle” – the Higgs Boson – is, and how it explains how the Universe as we know it came into existence.

Then on Thursday 11 October, Astronomy Ireland’s evening classes for beginners will begin. For more information, visit

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