If you’re into finding planets, a trio of naked-eye visible planets will bracket the waxing crescent moon tonight ( December 29, 2008 ). If you have clear skies tonight it’s definitely worth a trip outside just as the sun sets.
I’ve set up Stellarium for about a half-hour after Sunset (click the image for a larger version). The moon is shown just below center of the picture, with Jupiter and Mercury below and to the right, and Venus and Neptune above and to the left.
Venus will be the easiest to spot, as it is almost Mag -5. Jupiter ( Mag -1.88) and Mercury (Mag 0.66) will be harder to see, both because they are fainter and because they are immersed in the sunset glow. However, if you have a good view of the western horizon you should have a good chance of seeing both. Binoculars will enhance the view considerably.
Neptune is next to Venus, but you have no chance of seeing the Mag 7.95 planet of the Sea God unless you are using a scope, and even with a scope it’s going to be tough to spot against the sunset.
Also shown is the asteroid Juno, but buried in the sunset you have almost zero chance of seeing this tiny ( 300km ) object, even with a telescope.