Venus and Mercury shine from the southwestern sky this evening as seen from the Chicago area. Clear skies accompany a brutally cold day in the area. During the next several evenings look for the planet pairing. Elusive Mercury is always seen during twilight from Earth. While Mercury stands higher in the western sky during its evening appearance in May, it is easier to identify because of its proximity to Venus. If you’ve never seen Mercury, brilliant Venus is the guide post to find the closest planet to the sun.
For more about the planets this month.
For more about Venus as an Evening Star during this year.