Far beyond the clouds tonight, the bright planet Venus will be so close to a crescent moon that both would appear to rest at the end of your upraised thumb, if you could see them, says NASA's science news service.
Here in east Alabama and west Georgia, you most likely will not see them. Heavy rains are expected tonight and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. There's a 60 percent chance of rain this afternoon, a 70 percent chance tonight, a 90 percent chance Saturday and a 50 percent chance Saturday night.
So finding a clear patch of sky through which to peer at the moon and Venus is likely a lost cause.
And that's too bad, because NASA says this moon-Venus matchup would have been a glorious sight.
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"Venus is at maximum brightness: magnitude -4.6," writes a space agency astronomer. "The planet is 20 times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It is so luminous that it can actually shine through thin clouds and cast subtle shadows on the ground."
So if the clouds ever thin, then maybe you'll see Venus meet the moon.