TOP TEN SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008

TOP SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008
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1. Venus, Jupiter, Moon Smile on Earth

The heavens smiled down on Earth December 1 in National Geographic News's most viewed space photo of 2008. The celestial smiley face is the result of a planetary conjunction between Venus, Jupiter, and the moon, shown here over Manila in the Philippines.

(Related: "Sky Show December 1: Jupiter, Venus, Moon to Make 'Frown'".)

People in Asia saw the smile while sky-watchers in the United States saw a frown, though we're sure it was nothing personal.

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—Photograph by Bullit Marquez/AP
 
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