Stargazing: The crescent moon and our 'evening star'

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Last month's impressive pairing of dazzling bright Venus and the crescent moon will be repeated again this week when the three-day old waxing crescent joins our "evening star" in the southwestern sky.

This occurs because Sunday's new moon, our closest neighbor in space has been moving east, away from the sun. If you have a clear view of the southwestern horizon, you will see an incredibly thin and delicate crescent moon 10 degrees above the horizon and 15 degrees to the lower right of Venus Tuesday evening. As the thin crescent moves farther away from the sun and the horizon, it will climb to about 7 degrees to the upper right of dazzling bright Venus Wednesday evening. By Thursday evening, the thin crescent moon will have moved 12 degrees farther east along the ecliptic and will sit 15 degrees to the upper left of Venus.

Venus will continue to brighten and climb higher above the southwestern horizon this month, as it steadily coasts through northern Sagittarius.


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