Have you been enjoying the view?
Last night’s clear skies offered a splendid view of Jupiter and Venus right next to one another in the night sky, and tonight they’ll make their closest approach to one another, about three degrees apart. (That’s roughly the width of two fingers held at arm’s length.)
Such conjunctions in the sky are relatively rare. According to space.com, Jupiter and Venus have a conjunction in the sky about this close every 24 years.
It happened last in March, 1988, when Venus passed within 2.2 degrees of Jupiter, and will happen again in 2036 when the planets will appear to pass within 4 degrees of one another.
So take get of the computer and dust off the telescope; this close encounter of the celestial kind is worth watching.
– Murphy (The stargazer)