The Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday, March 7, 1988 COZYING OF JUPITER, VENUS LIGHT UP SKY Re

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday, March 7, 1988 -------------------------- COZYING OF JUPITER, VENUS LIGHT UP SKY Reports of unidentified flying objects are being made, and the most likely explanation is the rare alignment of Jupiter and Venus. Some Fairport Harbor residents reported seeing UFOs and large bright objects hovering over Lake Erie over the weekend. The Fairport Harbor Coast Guard went to the area and saw a large bright object that seemed to disperse smaller, brightly colored objects. But when they called the Greater Cleveland air traffic controllers, they learned that Jupiter and Venus were in alignment and that the colors were the result of spontaneous gas emissions from the two planets. Its the celestial equivalent of a colorful floor show, says Charles B. Stephenson, a professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University. The Earth's atmosphere helps create the color sensation, in the same way that distant stars appear to twinkle.

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