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Massive Jupiter will be sight to behold tonight
You can find the planet Jupiter a little more than 30 degrees above the southern horizon at 9:45 p.m. this evening. Jupiter looks good in a small telescope. Only 45 diameters of magnification will be needed tonight to make it look as large as the full moon. And its four largest satellites-Callisto, Ganymede, Europa and Io, reading from left to right, will be nicely lined up to the planet's left.

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Anyone concerned about a bright light over Marlborough in recent nights should not be alarmed.
It's been in that position for several months.
It's the planet Venus, also known as the evening star.
Carter Observatory senior astronomer David Carter said there is no reason why people should be noticing the planet any more now, except for a spell of fine weather.

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The crescent Moon , Jupiter and Antares in the Constellation Scorpius will be an attractive photo opportunity tonight.
Look to the south.



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The night skies of this month provide ample opportunities for sky-gazers to observe and wonder the arcane beauty and timeless elegance of planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae along with other marvels of the heavens. As it darkens, captivating zodiacal constellations of Cancer (crab), Leo (lion), Virgo (maiden), Libra (scales), Scorpius (scorpion) and Sagittarius (archer) are seen unfurling across the sky for western to eastern horizon. Later in the night, Capricornus (sea goat), Aquarius (water bearer), Pisces (fishes), Aries (ram) and Taurus (bull) are ascending the eastern sky slowly till dawn. Various constellations sketched by bewildering stars embellish the entire sky throughout the night.
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Early risers in Auckland were treated to a natural fireworks display this morning spotting a meteorite flashing across the West Coast sky.
Experts explain the phenomenon as a piece of either a comet or an asteroid, which vaporises in a great cloud of light when it hits our atmosphere.

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July 17, 1975: A U.S.-Soviet Handshake Far Above the Earth
Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft dock in orbit, marking the symbolic joining of the U.S. and Soviet programs and the first space rendezvous involving astronauts and cosmonauts.
The linkup was accomplished two days after launch, Apollo reaching orbit from the Kennedy Space Center and Soyuz from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand and Deke Slayton (one of the original seven Mercury astronauts) were aboard Apollo, while Aleksei Leonov and Valery Kubasov flew for the Soviet Union.

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Venus has been a prominent evening object since last winter. But it will finally relinquish the title of "Evening Star" in less than three weeks.
Its departure will be quite dramatic.
Tonight, Venus is still fairly high up in the west-northwest sky at sunset and sets about 100 minutes later. It is now also glowing at its greatest brilliance, blazing at an eye-popping magnitude of -4.5; more than 17-times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

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Today, Friday the 13th, Venus will pass 1.7-degrees below the star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. This evening, Venus will be high up in the western sky at sunset. The planet sets about an hour 1/2 after the sun.

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At magnitude of -4.5; more than 17-times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky you will be able to see Venus will you naked eye in the early twilight. You will probably need binoculars to see Regulus at magnitude 1.4.

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3 bright planets star in night sky
Three bright planets await your view at dusk. They're easy to spot just by looking. Over 100 more planets populate the evening sky unseen; they have been discovered in just the last 12 years orbiting nearby stars. And these, surely, are just the nearest of countless billions of planets accompanying stars as far as the eye (or telescope) can see.

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July 7 this year may be abbreviated as 07/07/07. And if you have even a touch of poetry in your soul, you can't avoid being excited. There has always been something magical about the number seven.
After all, the whole thing began with creation, as any devout reader of the Book of Genesis would remind us. Was not the whole process, including the day of rest, carried out in seven days? Furthermore, the Greeks had their hepta sophoi (seven wise men) as did the Hindus their sapta rishi (seven sages).

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