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September 20, 2017

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Five of the best sky events of 2015

Total lunar eclipse

A total eclipse of the moon is way better than one of the heart. On Saturday, April 4, the earth will pass between the sun and the moon, obscuring the sun's light and casting a shadow on the moon's surface. When the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, the latter will appear reddish-brown. The entire event will be visible from Alaska, the South Pacific, eastern Australia and Japan. A second eclipse of the moon will cross the Americas, Europe and Africa on Sunday, September 27.

Conjunctions

On Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, super bright Venus — named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and the only planet named after a female — will snuggle up next to Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system; it’s named after the king of the gods in Roman mythology. Venus and Jupiter will be separated by only 0.3 degrees of distance in the sky. On Thursday, October 8, the Moon and Venus will make a close approach only to rendez-vous again on Saturday, November 7.

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