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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