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What is that bright object next to the moon?

Venus and the moon have been lighting up the sky delighting early rising stargazers.

Here is a selection of your photos.

Bradford Abbas, near Sherborne in Dorset. Posted on Istagram by Tim ClarkImage copyright
Tim Clark/@buildark

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Tim Clark posts from Dorset on Instagram: “Lovely early morning walk today. Cold and crisp…. potential Christmas card picture?”

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Louise Robinson

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This purple picture was captured by Louise Robinson in Sheffield.

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@DavidBflower

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David Blanchflower, who says he is an amateur astrophysicist and astrophotographer, shared this shot from Newcastle Upon Tyne, on social media.

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Gavin Matthews

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Gavin Matthews posted on Twitter: “#moon and #venus on a chilly morning at #heathrow”

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The moon and Venus hanging about together in the early morning in Howth, Dublin

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Alfons Puertas

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Alfons Puertas’s view from the Fabra Observatory, in Barcelona. He posts: “Watching #Moon and #Venus at #dawn from #Barcelona #obsFabra @StormHour”

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