If you look into the night sky tonight and notice two particularly bright ‘stars’, you may actually be looking at Jupiter and Venus.

The two planets are both expected to be visible in the sky tonight, alongside a young crescent Moon.

NASA explained: “This week's ongoing conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have whetted your appetite for skygazing. Tonight is the main course though.

“On November 28, a young crescent Moon will join them posing next to the two bright planets above the western horizon at twilight.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the conjunction, including how and when to see it.

How to see Venus and Jupiter

For your best chance of seeing Venus and Jupiter, look to the western sky shortly after sunset.


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Speaking to Mirror Online, Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director at the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "Venus, the Moon and Jupiter will tonight appear very close together in the sky shortly after sunset at around 4 pm, and will be a little more obvious as the sky darkens.

"This conjunction should just about be visible from the UK and will be easier to see the further south you are. You'll need a clear unobstructed horizon to see the three objects, as they will be very low in the southwestern sky and will themselves set about 90 minutes after the Sun.

"That said, I do know of people here who are going to try to take pictures if the weather holds. In ideal conditions you'll be able to see a very thin crescent Moon, with Venus on the left as a bright object, and Jupiter somewhat fainter and on the right."

Why are the planets visible tonight?

Venus and Jupiter were in conjunction earlier this week, meaning the two planets are close together on our sky’s dome.

While the conjunction took place on November 24, the two planets are still visible in the night sky – and tonight’s young crescent moon will make for quite for the display!

Tips for seeing the planets

For your best chance of seeing the planets, try to head to an area with little pollution, such as the countryside.

Speaking to Mirror Online, Abby Beall, author of The Art of Urban Astronomy , said: “The first thing you need to do is get as far away from light pollution as you can. You won’t escape it completely, but you can minimise it.

“That might mean going to the middle of a nearby park, away from streetlights, or it could mean going up – rooftops, tall hills or even the top floor of your house, just make sure you turn all the lights off, are great places to stargaze if you live in a city.”

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