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Time lapse of Comet ISON's slingshot around the sun (white circle) on Thanksgiving Day. After the close encounter, not much was left. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soho_c3_timelapse.jpg">NASA</a>
Time lapse of Comet ISON's slingshot around the sun (white circle) on Thanksgiving Day. After the close encounter, not much was left. Photo: NASA

In the night sky as winter approaches

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Astronomy Aileen O'Donoghue talks with Martha Foley about the late fall sky.

Comet ISON's anticipated big display fizzled after a too-close encounter with the sun.

The winter solstice (and the longest night of the year will occur on December 21. You can uncork your solstice party at 12:11 pm. But the earliest sunset of the year will be on December 9 at 4:20 pm.

Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the eastern sky after sunset. It will be crossing the constellation Gemini, and then will recross it in retrograde motion early in the winter.

Look for Venus in the southwest just after sunset near the moon until December 20. It will reappear in the morning sky starting in January.

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