I just walked outside and looked up -- it's now dusk in Los Angeles -- and saw a crescent Moon above a brilliant Venus in a lavender sky. Utterly beautiful. I managed to find Jupiter in a part of the sky that was still yellow with sunset, but couldn't see Mercury. Hopefully all of you will have paused after sunset during whatever festivities you're enjoying tonight to take a look at the sky show.
If not, I can still show you a pretty picture of a moon among stars. Thanks very much to Eric Hartwell for pointing this one out to me. Happy 2009, everyone! Welcome to the International Year of Astronomy!