Have you seen Venus yet? It’s our only easily visible bright planet in the evening sky. Too bad it sets so soon. Once dusk is done, we’re left with dim Uranus and Neptune until after midnight when Jupiter finally joins the clan. While Saturn is technically an evening planet, it hardly counts. By the time it gets dark enough to see from mid-northern latitudes, it’s close to setting.
Venus is about a fist high in the west-southwest 15 minutes after sunset. You can go out tonight and find the planet shining bright and alone above treeline and hilltop. Tomorrow night Sept. 8 the 3-day thin crescent moon will join Venus in a beautiful, close conjunction. As yellow mellows to red on the western horizon the moon will pass only a couple degrees to the left or east of the planet seen from the Americas. Europeans will see the moon just below Venus.
Venus hangs near the horizon for the remainder of the year, taking its sweet time to climb into better view. On the 17th and 18th Saturn glides above Venus in yet another conjunction. For that you’ll need binoculars, but tomorrow night’s show will require only an open view to the west and a pair of eyes.