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Clear Skies for Jupiter Viewing this evening

The bright object near the moon tonight is the planet Jupiter.  We will have clear skies.  It will be great visibility to see Jupiter just after sunset into the evening hours.  The sun sets tonight at 6:23.

Here's more information cut and pasted from EarthSky.org:

"February 17, 2013 presents a most wonderful opportunity to see the giant planet Jupiter. As soon as dusk begins to drape the sky after sunset, look for the half-lit first quarter moon. That dazzling star-like object near tonight's moon is actually Jupiter, the fifth planet outward from the sun. The moon and Jupiter are the first two celestial objects to pop out after sunset.

The moon looks much larger than Jupiter from Earth but that's only because the moon is much closer to us than Jupiter is. The moon, our closest celestial neighbor, lies somewhat more than 400,000 kilometers (250,000 thousand miles) away tonight, but Jupiter now resides at 1,800 times the moon's distance. Believe it or not, the volume of Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, exceeds that of Earth by some 1,300 times and the moon's volume by 65,000 times.