Venus and Jupiter appear stunningly close in the evening twilight, their closest pass to each other for the next few years. You should start to see them just before 6 o’clock, getting more and more dramatic as the darkness deepens through the next hour, though they will gradually edge lower toward the horizon, requiring a fair low, level view to the west.

High in the southeast this evening, starting near 7 o’clock, a waxing Gibbous Moon shines just below a pair of stars, quite fittingly known as the Twins, or Gemini. As one of the zodiac constellations, the Moon tracks through these stars every 27 days and 8 hours, which brings us a similar display at the end of this month.

As the star Arcturus climbs to one third of the way above the eastern horizon 11 o’clock this evening, look for another brilliant star to return to the skies, the bluish-white Vega, just rising in the northeast. Vega appears on any clear night of the year, but shifts into evening skies in the Spring.