For the next week or so, you have a rare opportunity to see three planets form a tight group in the western sky, just after sunset. Tonight, June 25th, they are so close together that Mercury and Venus almost overlap.
The next time there will be a grouping like this is in 2030, so get out there and show your kids something new. You will also be able to point out Jupiter, high in the south-eastern sky. It’s the brightest object up there, so you won’t have any trouble spotting it.
Sky and Telescope has a very nice article on this event, and you can download a really neat animation that shows the movement of these three planets as they dance their interplanetary dance between now and July 9th.
Get out there tonight and have a look!
(where the sky is no limit)