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Best photos: Venus and Saturn January 9

A million thanks to you who posted photos on EarthSky pages of Venus and Saturn Saturday morning! Closer than any two planets since 2013 …

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Vince Babkirk - aka Mister Hat - in Thailand.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Vince Babkirk – aka Mister Hat – in Thailand.

The sky’s brightest planet, Venus, and what’s often its faintest and least noticeable bright planet, Saturn, are close together in Saturday morning’s predawn sky – January 9, 2016. They are closer than any two planets since 2013 … only about 1/6 of a full moon diameter apart. Thanks to all who posted their photo at EarthSky Facebook, or G+, or submitted directly to EarthSky. We posted just a few of our favs here.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 by Stephen Marceau in eastern Australia.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 by Stephen Marceau in eastern Australia.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Eran Shacham in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Eran Shacham in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Abhinav Singhai in Delhi, India.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Abhinav Singhai in Delhi, India.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Fernando Roquel Torres in Caguas, Puerto Rico.  The telescope inverts the image ...

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Fernando Roquel Torres in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The telescope inverts the image …

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Dave Wrigglesworth in Scotland.

Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016 from Dave Wrigglesworth in Scotland.

By the way, the moon passed by the planets earlier this week, but most of you probably didn't see the very slim waning crescent moon below the planets on Saturday morning.  Here's a catch of Saturday's morning's moon by Matthew Chin in Hong Kong.  Thanks, Matthew!

By the way, the moon passed by the planets earlier this week, but most of you probably didn’t see the very slim waning crescent moon below the planets on Saturday morning. Here’s a catch of Saturday’s morning’s moon by Matthew Chin in Hong Kong. Thanks, Matthew!

Bottom line: Photos of the bright planets Venus and Saturn on January 9, 2016.

Deborah Byrd

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