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Stargazers will have a treat this week when, around twilight, bright Venus and a waxing crescent moon align in the sky each night.

Oct 8, 2023 - 22:57
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A Celestial Show between the Moon and Venus to Light up the Sky

Stargazers will have a treat this week when, around twilight, bright Venus and a waxing crescent moon align in the sky each night. Both objects will be clearly visible from Wednesday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 9, when the moon will be in its gibbous phase.

On the nights of Aug. 5, 6 and 7, Venus will be about a moon‘s width to the moon‘s lower right; on Aug. 8 and 9, the reverse will be the case, with Venus higher and to the left. This celestial show will be visible not long after sunset, in the direction of the western sky.

Venus is among the brightest objects in the night sky after the moon, and will look like a shining star in the sky. Its resemblance to the crescent moon will be obvious, and viewers should be able to easily tell the difference between the two.

The moon will vary in its illumination during this time, increasing from 15 to 50 percent lit. If you are in an area with light pollution, you may need to find a dark viewing spot to see the celestial show. To make sure you don‘t miss it, set an alarm around sunset and make sure to go out and marvel at these two beauties.