Moon, Venus, Jupiter form smiley

MANILA, Philippines—Now showing in the Philippine night sky: A smiling face formed by the rare alignment of planets Venus and Jupiter and directly below it, the crescent moon.

Jose Pepe Mendoza, of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Tuesday that Venus had aligned with Jupiter to form the right and left eyes respectively, while the moon, on its first phase, had formed a happy mouth.

Mendoza said there was a similar “planetary conjunction” of the same planets in February “but only in the morning sky … It is pretty rare to see this in the evening sky.”

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