April 17th, 2018, 08:20 p.m. local time
I saw the notice that the Moon and Venus were going to be close to each other tonight. I didn’t think it would be very visible. I was very wrong. About 45 minutes after Sunset these two sparkled cleanly in my West sky. Despite the unseasonably cold chill (the reason I have not posted anything for several weeks), I set up my camera to take this photograph.
Speaking of our Solar System, Jupiter is on its way. I happened to be outside this morning at 2:30, and our largest planet was shining so bright I almost forgot what it was! Opposition is now less than a month away and I am looking forward to dragging my telescopes out to see it very soon again up close.