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Watch Jupiter shining like a star close to the moon in early hours of the night
On May 21, looking at the moon from rooftop, a bright object close to the moon was witnessed. It appeared like a star. I took a few photographs with mobile camera. Though, photographs were not good enough as would have been with a camera with a telescopic lens. It appeared like a dot close to the moon.

On searching the net, it was found that, it was the Jupiter planet making a closest pass to the Earth and its satellite. From the moon, it looked a few degrees apart and looked brighter than any star.

Astronomers tell that the Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. Sometimes, it is called the giant planet.  On an average, Jupiter is the third brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. However, at times, the Mars appears brighter than the Jupiter depending on Jupiter's position with respect to the Earth.

Jupiter has 79 known natural satellites and its four largest moons are visible from Earth with binoculars on a clear night.

Best view is between 8 to 9 pm. The moon and Jupiter will be seen still closer separated by a few degrees.

In the Vedic astrology, it called Brihaspati which is seen as the religious teacher of the gods, and often called it "Guru".

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