Light show in the sky set for New Year’s Eve

2009-01-01 03:59:02 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - News)

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Planet Venus

A visual buffet of lights made up of the galaxy’s planets and moon will unfold in the night sky on New Year’s Eve for stargazers who look up just after sunset

Dallas, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — A visual buffet of lights made up of the galaxy’s planets and moon will unfold in the night sky on New Year’s Eve for stargazers who look up just after sunset.

The planet Venus, the brightest of all other planets and stars, will rest just below the wafer-thin crescent moon in the southwestern sky. It will be nearly impossible to look past just as the sun begins to recede under the horizon and viability will be optimal if the skies have no clouds.

According to a report by Space.com, “Soon thereafter, Mercury and Jupiter will show up hugging the south-southwestern horizon (just above where the sun went down) and extremely close to each other. Jupiter is very bright and easy to spot; Mercury is faint and harder to see, but it’ll be apparent by its location just to the left of Jupiter.

“Jupiter and Mercury will set less than an hour after the sun, so timing your viewing just after sunset is crucial. You’ll also need a location with a clear view of the western horizon, unobstructed by buildings, trees or mountains.”

Ringing in the new year with an awesome show, Venus will be so bright that party-goers can view the spectacle during daylight if they just know where to look.



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