WHAT IS THAT BRILLIANT “STAR” SHINING SO BRIGHTLY NEXT TO THE MOON?

Have you been wondering what that brilliant star is, adjacent to the Moon, and shining so brightly in the sky? I have been when out and about photographing. I think it is Jupiter, but hope some of our astronomy experts will let us know for sure. Thank you.

The little dot to the lower left of the Moon is what I am talking about. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but in reality is beautiful.

5 thoughts on “WHAT IS THAT BRILLIANT “STAR” SHINING SO BRIGHTLY NEXT TO THE MOON?

  1. Yes it was definitely Jupiter on August 9th. Here is a reference photo I took: https://apertureastronomy.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/moon-jupiter-august-2019/

    The Moon and Jupiter are close roughly once a month. The Moon is always moving “backward” each night at any same given time, further and further East, so it will swing back around to Jupiter around September 5th. Jupiter of course is also moving in the sky, but much slower.

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