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Look toward the moon to see Jupiter tonight

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:36 AM

Those gazing at the full moon Wednesday night were treated to a Jupiter sighting as well.

The largest planet in our solar system looked like a bright star above and to the left of the moon.

The two were so close together because next week Earth will pass between the sun and Jupiter, according to EarthSky.org. As Earth moves through its orbit, Jupiter becomes opposite the sun in the sky, according to the website.

Jupiter will not come this close to Earth at opposition - as it is called by astronomers - again until 2021, the website reports.

Those who missed the show Wednesday night can check it out again tonight about 30 minutes after sunset.

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