I was completely surprised when I saw this a few hour ago:
Monday, March 12, 2012
... Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets, have moved to within 3 degrees of each other in the western sky at twilight.
Venus, the brightest of the pair, is dazzling bright at --4.3 magnitude. Earth's breathtaking sister planet stands about 30 degrees above the western horizon at 8:30 tonight and shines 3 degrees to the right of stunning Jupiter, which currently glistens at --2.2 magnitude. Venus will continue its climb above the horizon and sit 3 degrees to the upper right of Jupiter Tuesday and Wednesday evenings before separating to 4 degrees by Thursday evening. This week's pairing will last all evening until the two planets set around 11 p.m.
... this year's pairing is a little more impressive for observers because it occurs higher in the sky than most conjunctions between the lustrous duo.