Jupiter and the Full Snow Moon Come Together In a Beautiful Conjunction Tonight

A halo rings the bright moon and planet Jupiter (left of moon) last night Feb. 2. Ice crystals in high clouds like cirrostratus refract moonlight into a circle of light. Tonight the Full Snow Moon will shine just 4.5° from the planet. Credit: Bob King

A halo rings the bright moon and planet Jupiter (left of moon) last night Feb. 2. Ice crystals in high clouds like cirrostratus refract moonlight into a circle of light. Tonight the Full Snow Moon will shine just 4.5° from the planet. Credit: Bob King

The Full Moon celebrates Jupiter’s coming opposition by accompanying the bright planet in a beautiful conjunction tonight.

Even last night Jupiter and the Moon were close enough to attract attention. Tonight they’ll be even more striking. Two reasons for that. The Moon is full this evening and will have crept within 41/2° of the planet. They’ll rise together and roll together all night long.(…)
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