I was completely surprised when I saw this a few hour ago:
Stargazing: Stunning pairing of Venus and Jupiter
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.
Both Venus and Jupiter look elongated. Venus is incredibly bright and looks like a satellite. Even if you are in the a city check it out of you have clear weather tomorrow night.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -- Plato