For most of 2011, Venus has been in the eastern sky before dawn, visible only to those who rose before the sun. But in November 2011, Venus – the brightest of the worlds visible in Earth’s sky – returned to visibility in the western sky after sunset. What a gorgeous sight!
Then the fragile waxing crescent moon swept near Venus on the nights around November 26 and 27, 2011. The moon and Venus were visible from nearly all parts of Earth – with the exception of Antarctica, where the sun shines now 24 hours a day. These images – selected from the many posted by our talented friends to EarthSky’s Facebook page – show the beauty of the young moon near the sky’s brightest planet.
Warmest thanks to all of you who posted images! And by the way, check out lots more wonderful photos from EarthSky Facebook friends.
Bottom line: The brightest planet Venus has returned to the western sky after sunset. You can’t miss it. Venus was near the moon on November 26 and 27, 2011, and many EarthSky Facebook friends captured the pair, as shown in this wonderful gallery of images. The moon will be near Venus again on December 26 and 27, 2011.