If you were outside this morning before sunrise, and you had clear skies above you, you might have caught sight of two incredibly bright stars, low in the eastern sky. They were so close together they looked as if they were almost touching. Of course, touching in this case is out of the question, because those two stars were actually two of the planets of our solar system, separated by a distance of hundreds of millions of miles. The brighter of the two, Venus, appeared just above the second-brightest one, Jupiter. As the planets move along their orbits, they occasionally pass each other. When the passes happen, they come together, what astronomers call a conjunction. Now if you happened to miss seeing it, that’s okay, because Venus and Jupiter will be almost as close tomorrow. But now Venus will be very slightly below Jupiter, completing the pass. Look for them low in the east before dawn.