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Strange Universe 12/5/21

There's something special about conjunctions. They're surreal, like laughter in a dark hallway. Rather suddenly, two or more celestial luminaries come together. You'll never see it again, not exactly.

The year's best happens Monday evening, December 6, at the convenient time of 5 - 5:30 PM. That evening in dusk’s fading twilight, the crescent Moon will join Venus just as that nearest-of-all-planets stands at its very brightest of the year.

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