[Editor’s note: I notice that lots of people are still finding this 4 month old post. If you are trying to find out what those bright stars (Venus and Jupiter) in the morning eastern sky are (July 2012), go to the front page of this blog at transientsky.wordpress.com for the latest posts.]
If you haven’t seen them yet, I urge you to go out right after nightfall this evening and look to the Southwest. High up in the sky the planets Venus (the brighter one) and Jupiter (fainter but still brighter than any other star in the sky) are passing within 3° of each other (about 6 lunar diameters.
After looking at the pair, turn yourself around 180°. The bright reddish “star” low in the east is another planet, Mars.