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What's up this week

A full Moon shines bright on 30 November. Jupiter and Saturn continue to greet stargazers in the western evening sky, with Mars shining further to the east. In the predawn, look for Venus bright and low to the horizon.

Current sky chart, northern hemisphere
Current sky chart, northern hemisphere This chart shows constellations, planets, and bright stars visible an hour after sunset from the northern hemisphere for the week of 28 November 2020. Minneapolis, Minnesota (45 degrees north) is used as a reference city. Stellarium
Current sky chart, southern hemisphere
Current sky chart, southern hemisphere This chart shows constellations, planets, and bright stars visible an hour after sunset from the southern hemisphere for the week of 28 November 2020. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23 degrees south) is used as a reference city. Stellarium

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What's next

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