You may be remembering seeing Venus and Jupiter on the evening of February 23, 1999, when they were only a half-degree apart, or the evening of June 3, 2002, when they were about a degree and a half apart. On the average, Venus and Jupiter pass within 2 degrees of each other about once a year. But some of these conjunctions are too close to the sun to be visible. The next visible ones will be on the evening of August 31, 2005, when they'll be about a degree and a half apart, and the morning of Feb 1, 2008, when they'll be a half-degree apart. I assume "Jupiter and Saturn" was a typo. Those planets pass each other only every 20 years. The last time was in May 2000, the next will be in December 2020. --Joe Orman Andrew Cooper <acooper@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: Both planets were easily visible with a 35mm eyepiece, but that gives three degree field in the RFT. Stepping up to a 12mm eyepiece both planets just fit in the field at either side but as disks now, a gibbous Venus and at the other side of the field Jupiter and retinue. This is the second time I have seem Jupiter and Saturn in the eyepiece at the same time. The last was a few years back in the evening sky. That time we were set up in a schoolyard and shared the unique view with the students at a school wide star party. I wonder how often these events occur? Andrew -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.