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Venus and Jupiter make happy, unhappy faces in sky

2008-12-02 06:18:24 GMT2008-12-02 14:18:24 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A crescent moon is seen below planets Jupiter (L) and Venus (R) in the sky over Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Dec. 1, 2008. A rare astronomical phenomenon was seen across the world Monday night as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, joined a thin crescent moon in the sky. On Sunday night, the two planets appeared closest together in an event known as "Planetary Conjunction". (Xinhua/Xu Suhui Photo)

A crescent moon is seen below planets Jupiter (L) and Venus (R) in the sky over Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Dec. 1, 2008. A rare astronomical phenomenon was seen across the world Monday night as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, joined a thin crescent moon in the sky. On Sunday night, the two planets appeared closest together in an event known as "Planetary Conjunction". (Xinhua/Xu Suhui Photo)

A crescent moon is seen below planets Jupiter (L) and Venus (R) in the sky over Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Dec. 1, 2008. A rare astronomical phenomenon was seen across the world Monday night as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, joined a thin crescent moon in the sky. On Sunday night, the two planets appeared closest together in an event known as "Planetary Conjunction". (Xinhua/Xu Suhui Photo)

A crescent moon is seen below planets Jupiter (L) and Venus (R) in the sky over Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Dec. 1, 2008. A rare astronomical phenomenon was seen across the world Monday night as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, joined a thin crescent moon in the sky. On Sunday night, the two planets appeared closest together in an event known as "Planetary Conjunction". (Xinhua/Xu Suhui Photo)

A crescent moon and the planets Jupiter (bottom) and Venus are seen in the sky over Buenos Aires December 1, 2008. Astronomers and skygazers across the world are keeping watch on Monday night for a rare astronomical phenomenon as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, join a thin crescent moon to create a brief "unhappy face" in the sky. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A rare astronomical phenomenon was seen across the world Monday night as two of the brightest naked-eye planets, Venus and Jupiter, joined a thin crescent moon in the sky. On Sunday night, the two planets appeared closest together in an event known as "Planetary Conjunction".

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