If you look out of your bedroom window tonight,
After the sun goes down,
If the weather gives way to clear sight,
And there is no blanket of clouds,
You may see two vast and beaming lights,
Side by side and proud,
As Mercury and Venus are shining bright,
High above the towns.
Venus shines so brightly at this time of the year in the UK that some people can see it dominating the sky during the day! Tonight, Mercury joins Venus in the sky as Venus begins its descent into the horizon and Mercury rises to illuminate the night’s sky.
Find out more about how to spot these planets in the sky tonight at earthsky.org.