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Morning meeting for Jupiter and Venus

January 2008: This year kicks off with great planetary observing: Mars is near its best and a duo that dazzles in the morning.
This January is a great month for stargazing. Mars is near its best. Jupiter and Venus perform a spectacular morning conjunction. Comet 8P/Tuttle is on view early in the month. And the prolific Quadrantid meteor shower occurs with little lunar interference. Throw in the Moon's occultation of the Pleiades star cluster, and the only thing that could improve observing would be warmer temperatures. All in all, it's not a bad way to start off the year.

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