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Why isn’t Jupiter much brighter than Venus?

Greetings, stargazers.

Beside the moon, the three brightest objects in the sky are all visible right now. Venus in the west, Jupiter in the east and Sirius, the only one that is an actual star, is high in the south.

In some parts of the country, you can distinguish planets from stars because the planets don’t twinkle...

Charles Hakes is an assistant professor in the physics and engineering department at Fort Lewis College and is director of the Fort Lewis Observatory. He can be reached at hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

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