As the temperature drops toward freezing on the final night of 2008, New Year's Eve revelers can enjoy some light in the sky without lighting a fireworks fuse.
As dark descends with sunset at 5:45 p.m., two bright celestial bodies will appear to be keeping each other close company: One is the planet Venus, shining brighter than a star. The other is the crescent moon. If the sky's clear of clouds, their conjunction can be seen to the southwest.
According to the Spaceweather.com news service, two other planets in conjunction at sunset are Mercury and Jupiter, close to the horizon. Those will not be as visible.
Those going outside to welcome 2009 may want to keep a good coat or sweater handy: The low tonight is to drop to 29 degrees, according to Ledger-enquirer.com's AccuWeather forecast link.