Throughout March the brightest planets in the heavens, Venus and Jupiter, have been putting on a great planetary play high in the west just after sunset. A couple of weeks ago they came stunningly close to each other – appearing side by side in the sky, and now as they slowly drift apart they have a grand finale in store for skywatcher- with the moon joining in on the fun too!
This cosmic get-together is a great opportunity not only to snap some stunning photos but also to teach kids about the universe around us. And if you have a telescope hanging around, then by all means take it out and point it at these planets. The moon will act as a convenient guidepost if you have never been able before to find Venus or Jupiter. And believe me the views are awesome with the moons and clouds of Jupiter easily visible through any sized telescope
To know where and when to get the best views of this sky event from March 25 to 27 read the rest of my article at National Geographic News.
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