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Venus and Jupiter will shine close together

Mike Shanahan Mike Shanahan

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Astronomers and amateur photographers alike are eagerly anticipating a special spectacle in the sky Monday night.

These were some snapshots of Sunday night's celestial conjunction.

Often mistaken for a UFO, it's where a slender crescent moon appears close to the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.

Experts say the best part of Monday night's event is that the whole thing can be seen with your naked eye.

"Look towards the west towards the sunset," said Mike Shanahan of the Bishop Museum. "Start looking for it around 6:40 p.m. or so and look for the crescent moon and two points of brilliant light just below the moon."

While an event like this happens every two years, experts say this will be the last good gathering of the moon and the two planets until May of 2011.

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