Venus and Jupiter cuddle up in night sky

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It’s not too late to catch the spectacular Venus and Jupiter show.

On Tuesday evening, Venus and Jupiter will appear just 3 degrees apart in the western sky as it did on Monday. The gap has been narrowing since last month.

The two planets are visible every night at twilight. Venus is the brighter of the two because of its relative closeness, compared with super-far-away Jupiter.

Even though the gap will widen, the planets will appear remarkably close all week and be easily visible the rest of this month. Grab a small telescope, and you can also catch Jupiter’s four largest moons.

Astronomers say it’s the best evening tag-up of Venus and Jupiter in years. In July, early-risers will be treated to a similar spectacle, in the eastern sky at daybreak.

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This story was written and provided by The Associated Press Wire.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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