As always, it was a beautiful evening on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho this evening. The Bethlehem Star, which includes Jupiter and Venus, were on full display along with the blue-white star, Regulus.

Bethlehem StarJust above the horizon, you’ll see Jupiter and Venus come within 1/3 of a degree of each other. Viewing conditions are best about an hour after sunset when the sky is darker but the planets are still above the horizon. If you wait too long, the planets will set below the horizon and you’ll miss it.

To the upper right of Jupiter and Venus, you’ll see Regulus, a star approximately 3.5 times larger than our sun. Regulus is the lead member in the constellation Leo the Lion, and marks the heart of the lion which lies 78 light years away.