Right now (march 2012) Jupiter and Venus are very close together and very bright. They look like headlights in the sky and with decent glass you can see the bands on Jupiter. Just go outside within 4 hours after sunset and look west, as long as it isn't cloudy you can't miss them. Also, the redish bright planet to the east is mars. Just thought I would let everyone know as the venus/jupiter conjunction won't happen again for years and mars won't be this bright again for a while either.