Driving home along the Marine Drive last evening, just after sunset, I watched Venus and Jupiter shine side by side. The two brightest planets visible to the naked eye converge around this time of the year. All throughout November they have been inching towards each other and by the end of the month they will reach a conjunction on the celestial sphere just two degrees apart. But that’s as close as they will get for a while. By early December they start to drift away from each other. Venus, the swifter of the two will move away from Jupiter. It makes me so sad but there’s no one I can explain it to.