Monday, December 01, 2008

A smiley face in the sky tonight

"The world may be facing its worst economic turmoil in decades, but the heavens are about to smile on Australia.

"A rare cosmic alignment tonight will produce a smiling face - or an emoticon, depending on your generation - high over the country.

"From soon after 8pm until just before 11pm the planets Venus and Jupiter will stare down from the western sky like two brilliant eyes. Directly below, the crescent moon will form a happy mouth.

"'I think it will be very spectacular,' Sydney Observatory's astronomer, Nick Lomb, said. 'The three brightest objects in the night sky will all be in the same patch of the sky.'
Sydney Morning Herald


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