If you haven’t seen the blazing bright awesome planets, Jupiter (fainter one) and Venus (brighter one) in the evening sky, you still have time for most of the rest of this month.
Here’s what the pair looked like through the finder scope (a little distorted from just holding the camera up to the eyepiece):
Jupiter will move closer to the horizon each day as the Earth runs around the other side of the sun from Jupiter. A telescope will show up to four bright moons and cloud bands on Jupiter. Venus is so bright that it is hard to see that it is only half-lit, even in a telescope.
Here’s the planets’ size through the telescope (lousy photos – just a snapshot taken at the eyepiece), but at the same zoom and cropped the same way.
After you see Venus and Jupiter, do an about-face and the reddish dot rising is Mars, very tiny in a telescope, but the best we’ll get this year.
As it gets darker, see Orion and the nearby star clusters to the left of Venus and Jupiter.
With or without a telescope, this is a great time to observe!