Thin Moon – Thin Venus

28jan   Tuesday morning look toward the southeast sky for a thin 26.8 day old waning crescent Moon about 7 degrees to the right (west) from the bright Venus. Both objects will fit within the field of view of most binoculars.
   Both Venus and our Moon show a similar phase appearance for the same reason – the relative angle between the Earth, Sun, Moon, and Venus. The banner graphic is an exaggerated view of Venus and our Moon but I did this to show their similar appearance.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

    Venus and the Moon are in the same approximate direction, and Venus is moving westward out away from the Sun while the Moon is moving eastward toward the Sun and new Moon phase.


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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