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Moon Meets Up with Jupiter, Saturn

The night sky is deep blue, framed at bottom left by leafless trees branches. At top left, the Moon glows. Saturn and Jupiter are visible at upper right and upper left, respectively.
NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

The Moon, left, Saturn, upper right, and Jupiter, lower right, are seen after sunset from Washington, DC, on Dec. 17, 2020. The two planets drew closer to each other in the sky as they headed towards a “great conjunction” on Dec. 21, where the two giant planets appeared a tenth of a degree apart. View and download the full image here.

See skywatching highlights, including meteor, asteroid, and planet sightings in What’s Up for Dec. 2023.

Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani