On the 2nd of March, Jupiter and Venus appear very close to one another in the western sky just after sunset. Over the past week, the planets have been moving towards each other, but now they are moving apart! Watch their progress as they drift further and further apart across the next few evenings.
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When to look: Just after sunset on the 2nd of March
Which direction to look: Very low to the west
Venus and Jupiter are the two brightest planets in our skies. Venus’s atmosphere is extremely reflective, and it is relatively near to Earth. Jupiter’s atmosphere is quite reflective, but due to it’s size, reflects a large amount of light back towards us.