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Night Sky: Uranus to Align With Jupiter This Week

This week, for the third time in eight months, Jupiter has a close encounter with Uranus, seen in this telescopic view at a magnification of 100 power. <a href=http://www.space.com/spacewatch/uranus-align-jupiter-night-sky-101228.html>Full Story</a>

This week, for the third time in

As seen in a

Uranus in turn will

Angular distances in the

Despite their apparent

This is the third time

Jupiter's first

Of course, the planets

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Geoff Gaherty
Geoff Gaherty

Geoff Gaherty was Space.com's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.