Moon – Venus Conjunction

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   This evening at sunset look toward the western horizon for the 3.5 day old waxing crescent Moon to be within about 1.5 degrees from the planet Venus. Both the Moon and Venus are on the same side of the Sun, to the left or east, however they do not show the same phase shape. With enough magnification the planet Venus will be shown to be in its waning gibbous phase as compared to the crescent phase shape for the Moon, and as the banner graphic at the top of the page shows.
moon-cusps   There are times when the two have the same phase shape but since one orbits the Sun and the other the Earth it only happens at certain times, like at sunset when the Moon is at waxing crescent and Venus is close to inferior conjunction. At that time Venus will appear as a relatively large crescent shape with the cusps pointing toward the east away from the Sun as will the cusps for the Moon. FYI: the cusps always point away from the Sun.

   
   
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.