What's Up With The Moon And Venus?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Not so much a question as a heads up for a neat celestial event happening Christmas evening.

Just after the sun sets on Christmas (so, around 4:30 p.m.) head outside and take a look to the southwest. If the weather cooperates, you should see a crescent moon right next to a brilliant "star" (although it's not a star, it's the planet Venus). Venus will look so bright that many will likely mistake it for an airplane.

To add to the beauty, the moon will have what's called "Earthshine", where sunlight reflecting from the Earth provides a faint glow to what would normally be the dark, shadowed part of moon.

Enjoy the show!

For More Information:

science.nasa.gov

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These images were taken Sunday, December 14 with a Nikon D3100 and an Explore Scientific ED127 (Moon) and ED80 (M42
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The images of M42 (Orion) and M31 (Andromeda) are short
stacks (lights only) taken Sunday evening with an Explore
Scientific ED80 (wide angle) telescope and a Nikon D3100 DSLR. The image of the moon was taken with an Explore Scientific ED127 (5-inch) refractor.