Venus (below), Jupiter and the crescent moon are rather pleasing tonight. Both of these pictures were taken at twilight, just a short while ago on December 1, 2008. The real difference is the exposure. The one above was exposed for the sky; you can even see the faint image of the rest of the moon, shown in Earth-light.
And this one was exposed for the moon and the planets.
Now get out from in front of your computer and appreciate the benefits of a transparent atmosphere.