WASHINGTON — It's not just families that are getting together for Thanksgiving. The three brightest objects in the night sky -- Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon -- will crowd in for an unusual group shot.
Starting tonight, Jupiter and Venus will begin moving closer together, so that by Sunday and Monday they will appear 2 degrees apart. That's about a finger width held out at arm's length, said Alan M. MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine. On Monday night, they will be joined by a crescent moon, he said.
Look in the southwestern sky around twilight -- no telescope or binoculars needed. The show will even be visible in cities if it's a clear night.
"It'll be a head-turner," MacRobert said. "This certainly is an unusual coincidence for the crescent moon to be right there in the days when [Venus and Jupiter] are going to be closest together."