Monday evening January 14th the 9-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be about 6-7o from the outer planet Uranus. Both are close enough to fit within a binocular field of view.
However don’t realistically expect to see Uranus as Uranus has an apparent magnitude of 5.78 compared to the much brighter -12.0 apparent magnitude of the Moon.
Saturday evening January 12th, after sunset, the 7-day old waxing crescent Moon will be about 4o from the planet Mars. The two will easily fit within the field of view of binoculars.
Our Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), on Wednesday January 9th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.83 Earth diameters 406,116 km (252,349 mi.) from the Earth.
Does our Moon actually go around the Earth? From our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle around the Earth. However, in reality, the Moon orbits the Sun together with the Earth*
Read this very informative article about the Earth-Moon system and their orbital motions, written by Joe Hanson. “Do We Orbit the Moon?”
Monday December 7th the 2-day old waxing crescent Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.
This morning, January 3rd on my way to the gym I paused along Highway 50 and then near the small lake by the gym for a couple of pictures of the waning crescent Moon, Jupiter, and Venus.
Thursday morning January 3rd the 27.25-day old thin waning crescent Moon will be within 3-4o from the outer planet Jupiter. The two will easily within the field of view of binoculars. Jupiter is about 5-6o from the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion, the reddish star Antares.