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Jupiter grabs the Bull's horns

October 2012: All eyes will be on Jupiter this month. The giant planet climbs higher in the eastern sky before midnight, a beacon shining among the background stars of Taurus.
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ll eyes will be on Jupiter this month. The giant planet climbs higher in the eastern sky before midnight, a beacon shining among the background stars of Taurus. While Jupiter dazzles, the five other evening planets show up best through binoculars. Mercury, Mars, and Saturn lurk close to the horizon during twilight; Uranus and Neptune appear farther above the horizon but glow too dimly for good naked-eye views. As the long October nights wind down, look for brilliant Venus in the predawn sky.

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