Daytime Venus Sighting

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   This evening, 5 December the 3.5 days old waxing crescent Moon will be close to the inner planet Venus. Both will fit within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars as the banner graphic at the top of the page shows.

Our Moon - Venus

Our Moon – Venus

   This evening is also one of those observing opportunities where both Venus and our Moon are positioned in about the same angle relative to the Sun and Earth. As a result both show approximately the same phase shape. But only this evening because the Moon moves further daily than Venus does, so Venus will continue looking as it does today for the next several days while over the next several days the Moon will wax toward a more full phase shape. Furthermore, observing Venus daily over the rest of this month, for example, you will see Venus’s crescent shape growing thinner while its apparent size is increasing. This happens because Venus is in its part of its orbit where it is moving closer to the Earth and inferior conjunction next year.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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  1. Pingback: Waxing Moon, Waning Venus | Bob's Spaces

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