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Space dance: Shining brightly, Jupiter and Venus get it together in March

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 28, 2023, 6:03am
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 This composite image from Magellan and Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft emphasizes that planet Venus, while roughly the same size as Earth, is dramatically different. Temperatures there can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit. (NASA/JPL-CalTech/SwRI/MSSS)
NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP This composite image from Magellan and Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft emphasizes that planet Venus, while roughly the same size as Earth, is dramatically different. Temperatures there can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit. (NASA/JPL-CalTech/SwRI/MSSS) Photo Gallery

The two brightest stars in the night sky right now aren’t stars at all. They’re planets Venus and Jupiter.

While they may be vastly far apart both in size and in distance, those two have been stealing the overhead show in recent weeks by dancing cheek-to-cheek in early evenings.

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