A quick astroprogramming note, Sky Fans. That really bight thing that’s been looming in the western skies a couple hours after sunset is the planet Venus, the super-toxic, crushing atmosphere one. Other than the sun and Moon, Venus is the brightest thing in the sky, and it’s at its brightest for all of 2017 for the next couple of nights; best tonight and tomorrow (Feb. 16 and 17), when it’ll be inside 40 million miles away. Around my windy corner of the northeast, it’s setting at about 9:00, a bit later. Mars, dim and orange, is near it, too, at about 10:00 relative to Venus. No exotic lenses needed. Just get out there and have a look! Clear skies!