This evening we gazed with admiration on a pretty alignment of three celestial bodies in the night sky: a very bright Venus, a more distant Jupiter, and a young Moon. There is much in the media about this rare realignment that will also see Venus traverse the disk of the sun, an event that occurs just twice every four hundred years. They were all so bright, and this in the city centre, that I felt almost like getting into the car and driving to somewhere really dark to gaze on their full beauty. But, then, I would probably have had to drive a very long way… Postscript: At this site you can see a wonderful photograph by somebody who did manage to find somewhere dark.