Space Crescent Moon and Venus


The News Robot
Jul 28, 2004
NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day
Crescent Moon and Venus

Crescent Moon and Venus
Credit & Copyright: Drew Sullivan (Ancient Starlight)

Explanation: Last Friday, the Moon and Venus shared the early evening sky in a beautiful conjunction. Separated by only about 2 degrees, they also were both in a crescent phase. Just like our Moon, Venus can appear as a full disk or a thin crescent. Frequently the brightest object in the post-sunset or pre-sunrise sky, Venus is so small that it usually requires binoculars or a small telescope to clearly see its phase. This telescopic image of Friday's conjunction shows off the similar crescent phases, with the tiny crescent Venus at the upper right.

(Via NASA)
Top Bottom