Make sure to look into the Columbus night sky on Sunday evening. The two brightest planets in the night sky will appear very close to each other in a nearly annual astronomical event known as a conjunction.
If you look into the Columbus sky after sunset and look to the Southwest will see Venus and Jupiter right next to each other. This event is easy to spot, making it a great one for younger stargazers to view — and this year’s conjunction will be a treat since it falls early enough on a school night and some are already out for Thanksgiving break.
The two planets will shine brightly side by side for about an hour and a half after sunset, which will occur around 4:30 p.m. along the East coast and around 4:45 p.m. along the West coast before the planets follow the sun and dip below the horizon.
No telescope is needed to see the two planets as they will outshine every star in the sky. They are so bright, in fact, that people in large cities where there is a high amount of light pollution will still be able to take them in.