Jupiter & Venus in the evening Sky

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Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures

Look low to the South-West just after sunset, and you can see a beautiful pair of planets. But you only have less than an hour and a half to catch this beautiful sight, since Venus rapidly chases the Sun below the horizon.

Over the next few weeks, Venus is getting ever-closer to Jupiter. And on the 1st of December, Jupiter, Venus and the Moon are all within just two degrees of each other... more about that next week!

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In the above photograph, Jupiter is to the top-left, and the brighter Venus is to the bottom-right.

Do take a closer look at Jupiter through binoculars or a small telescope - or even a camera! I took the photograph below using just a standard 300mm zoom lens and a Canon 40D camera...

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