Thursday's new moon marks the start of a new lunar cycle. At this time, the moon is positioned between Earth and sun and cannot be seen because the bright side of the moon is facing the sun. Our closest neighbor in space will then move east, away from the sun, and an extremely thin crescent moon can be seen Saturday evening 30 minutes after sunset, just above the west-southwestern horizon and 12 degrees to the lower right of Venus. By Sunday evening, the thin crescent will continue its eastward movement away from the sun and will sit just to the left of dazzling bright Venus. The moon's eastward motion will then take it to the left of Saturn by next Monday.
The pairing of the thin crescent moon and Venus may be enhanced if clear and cloudless sky conditions permit you to see the dark disc of the moon faintly lighted by the reflection of sunlight off Earth. This phenomenon is known as earthshine.