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Click on the photo to view full resolution. Through a telescope, the crescent shape of Venus (left) and the cloud bands of Jupiter (right) become visible, as well as the moons that orbit around Jupiter. Image taken from Quezon City, Philippines, using a Canon 450D DSLR mounted on a 4-in f/9 refractor, ISO 1600, 1/200 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of close pairing of celestial objects, click here.

To the naked eye, Venus and Jupiter look very similar to stars. Through a telescope, however, the crescent shape of Venus and the cloud bands of Jupiter are revealed, as well as the moons that orbit Jupiter.

Close pairing occurs whenever two or more celestial objects (which could be a planet, a star, or the moon) appear to be in the same direction in the sky as viewed from Earth. While they would seem to be very close to each other (as in the case Venus and Jupiter), in reality, they are separated by vast distances.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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