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Jupiter rising, Venus setting

Venus and Jupiter are the sky’s 2 brightest planets, and they hang on either side of your sky now – Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west – shortly after the sun goes down.

As seen from around the globe, Venus – the brightest planet – is in the west after sunset now. The star to the left of Venus in this photo is Aldebaran, brightest star in Taurus the Bull. Photo taken May 9, 2018, by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

At the same time you’re seeing Venus in the west, you can also see Jupiter – the second-brightest planet – ascending in the east after sunset. As if on 2 ends of a seesaw, Jupiter rises, while Venus sets. Photo taken May 9, 2018, by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Read more: EarthSky’s guide to the bright planets

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