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Planets (almost) collide over Clare skies

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LET’S face it, there aren’t too many up sides to getting up before dawn, but it was made just a little bit more majestic this morning as a celestial dance took place in the skies above Co Clare.

Venus and Jupiter converged in the pre-dawn sky only one third of a degree apart this morning.

For those of us who do not have a degree in astrophysics, it basically means that they were side by side.

This rare occurrence will be visible again tomorrow morning, so head to a dark spot in the Co Clare countryside before dawn to catch a glimpse. advises to look low and to the east, about half an hour before the sun rises.

The conjunction will be breaking up a little, but it will still be a beautiful sight.

It definitely makes the early morning hustle slightly more worth it.


Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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