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At sunset tonight, look to the west. Venus and a slender crescent moon will be close together in the constellation Pisces.

This is a chart at 17:21 (sunset) localtime.

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Revellers crowded Beijing's ancient Bell and Drum Tower Plaza for festivities to welcome the Year of the Pig on Saturday night.
Serving as a public timepiece during the 15th century Ming Dynasty, the drums and bell now only warm up for special occasions like the New Year festival.
At midnight, the bell was sounded 108 times, which is an auspicious number in China.
Despite the cold weather and crowds, hundreds lined up for a chance to strike the bell, which is a sure sign for good luck for the year to come.

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 Astronomers in Moray are hosting a public gathering tonight to view "the ringed planet".
Members of Moray's Astronomy Club, Sigma, will have a selection of large telescopes at the ready, and will offer interested people plenty of advice and information about the night skies over the local area.
Taking centre stage will be the ringed planet, Saturn, which at the moment is at its brightest and highest in the evening sky.
Stunning star clusters and galaxies also illuminate the sky at this time of year.
Anyone interested in attending should wrap up well. The event will take place just inside the entrance to the Gliding Club site at Easterton Airfield in Birnie, just south of Elgin. The gates will be open by 7.30pm.

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The Chinese New Year starts today.  2007 is the  Year of Pig or DingHai.
The new year begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

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Mira, Omicron Ceti  is a variable star with a period of about 332 days. Mira is currently rapidly rising in brightness and may be  visible to the naked eye.
It will reach its maximum brightness in March so watching it over the next few weeks should show a noticeable change in visibility.

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For the Chinese, this 2007 is the Year of the Pig, which effectively starts on the Sunday of February 18.  This is the time when millions of overseas Chinese will go back home to their families to spend the holiday and have a wonderful dinner together.  This is a time when every Chinatown all over the globe will be filled with much merrymaking, dramatic fireworks, dancing dragons, singing gongs, and happy smiles.
No doubt, the Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in history for Chinese, with the celebration taking as long as 15 days.  Even people who don't have Chinese blood in them have come to celebrate and respect this holiday.  Every year, Chinese spend lavishly on these performance arts in the hopes of bringing good luck and prosperity.

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A brilliant white jewel has risen up out of the sunset in the last couple of months, to blaze in the stupendous blue-and-orange setting of the clear twilight sky. It's getting higher every week and will attract more and more attention, at least among those who take time to glance up from the mundane world to the gorgeous spectacles beyond.
The jewel is the planet Venus, often called the Evening Star, as if there were no other. It deserves the title. Venus outshines every celestial object but the sun and moon, and it's five times brighter than the next leading object (Jupiter, which currently dominates the south-southeastern sky before dawn).

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Watching the full moon rise over the east-northeast horizon on Friday evening, you will probably notice a rather bright yellowish-white “star” shining sedately just above and to the moon’s right. That object is not a star, however, but the planet Saturn.
Currently, Saturn is at its best for 2007. It can be found to the west (right) of the famous “Sickle” of Leo — a backward question mark-shaped star pattern, which contains Leo’s brightest star, Regulus, at the Sickle’s base.

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