There have been some interesting things going on in our night sky this month, due to peak this Thursday (I am informed).
Jupiter (left) and Venus line themselves up every thirteen months, but this particular occurrence has got astronomers extra excited because the planets are so clearly visible.
It all depends on how long after the sun the two planets set. Next time around (May 2013), Venus and Jupiter will be closer together but will set very soon after our sun, making them visible for a much shorter amount of time and seeming to dim their brightness in our relatively lighter sky. This time around, the two planets are hanging about for nearly four hours after sunset.
on a beautiful moonlit night.