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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Moon, Jupiter and Venus over Paris

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Paris by Night

Do you recognize the city lights of Paris in this picture? 

Taken on March 25 from the top of the 210 meter tall Montparnasse skyscraper, many will spot the looming Eiffel Tower, or the large domed structure of Les Invalides (right), or the colorfully lit elevated Metro train line gently curving toward picture center. 

You can even pick out the Arc de Triomphe close to the horizon on the right. 

But regardless of your location, the celestial lights near the western horizon should look very familiar. The lovely triple conjuntion of brilliant Venus (top), Jupiter, and a young crescent Moon was visible in evening skies around planet Earth.

Image Credit & CopyrightSerge Brunier (TWAN)