Just at Sunset Venus is high in the evening sky in the west.
The bright planet near the waxing gibbous Moon tonight is Jupiter. Jupiter is actually 40 times larger than the Moon in diameter, but it’s 1,660 times farther away (as of tonight).
Another mutual event among Jupiter’s moons. Tonight Ganymede occults Io from 11:06 to 11:11 p.m. EST; their combined light dims by 0.6 magnitude at the center of this time. Later Ganymede casts its shadow onto Io, but just a few minutes beforehand, Io disappears behind Jupiter’s edge from Earth’s viewpoint! (at 12:17 a.m. EST).
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