The moon and Jupiter – the two brightest objects in our evening sky now – were close together as seen throughout the world last night (February 17, 2012). You couldn’t miss them, unless you had clouds. If that was the case, try again tonight (February 18). You’ll see the moon and planet still close. Jupiter will be the brightest object near the moon.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.