Although the two planets seem to be in danger of colliding, appearances can be deceiving. On February 1, Jupiter lies 562 million miles (904 million kilometers) from Earth. That's more than 4.5 times farther than Venus, which is 124 million miles (200 million km) away.
Even so, a telescope will show Jupiter's 33" width is nearly 3 times the size of Venus' disk. The reason, of course, is that giant Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, is 12 times Venus' size.Upcoming notable sky events:
- February 20/21 -- the last total lunar eclipse until December 2010
- February 24 -- Saturn shines big and bright all night, best time of 2008 to view the ringed planet.