NEW YORK STATE (WENY) — Many were perplexed Wednesday evening, regarding the two big, bright lights in the western portion of the sky. It’s not another Chinese Spy Balloon, or aliens – it’s planets.
Venus and Jupiter are currently in a state of conjunction – which is in this case – two planets appear from Earth to be nearly grazing each other.
The planets seemed very bright to anyone who noticed the planets, but that’s because they are. Venus is the brightest planet in our solar system, with Jupiter being the second brightest.
If you missed the two planets on Wednesday night, don’t worry. If the weather permits, you can see the planets seemingly close together Thursday night (3/2), just after the sun goes down around 6 p.m. until shortly after 8 p.m.
To read more about the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter, and to learn which planets are visible during March, visit earthsky.org.