The moon is back in the evening sky, sweeping up past the bright planet Venus. And we do mean bright! Venus is at its brightest now for this evening apparition. It was a beautiful sight near the moon on December 4, 2013.
The moon and Venus will be even closer on the nights of December 5 or 6, closer for you on one of those nights, depending on your location on the globe.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.