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See it! Moon, Venus, Jupiter, comet

What a glorious western twilight sky on the nights of July 17 and 18, 2015! Waxing moon, brightest planets, and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS).

Moon and Venus on July 18, 2015 by John Ashley in Kila, Montana.

View larger. | Moon and Venus on July 18, 2015 by John Ashley in Kila, Montana. If you view larger, you can see both worlds are crescents as seen from Earth now. Read why Venus appears as a crescent now.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter and comet on July 18 by John Lafferty.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) on July 18 by John Lafferty. Read more about the comet.

Moon and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) on July 17, 2015 from Yuri Beletsky in Chile.

Moon and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) on July 17, 2015 from Yuri Beletsky in Chile.

Moon and Venus, July 18, 2015, from Wayne Clingingsmith in Mountain View, California.  Notice both are crescents now.

Moon and Venus, July 18, 2015, from Wayne Clingingsmith in Mountain View, California. Notice both are crescents now.

View larger. | Another view of the moon and crescent Venus on July 18, this one in daylight, from Spencer Mann in Davis, California.

View larger. | Another view of the moon and crescent Venus on July 18, this one in daylight, from Spencer Mann in Davis, California.

Venus, Jupiter and the moon made a triangle as seen from some parts of the world on July 18, 2015.  Aimilianos Gkekas submitted this photo to EarthSky.  He caught the trio from a monastery known as Meteora - literally 'suspended in the sky' - in Thessaly, Greece.

Venus (top left), Jupiter and the moon made a triangle as seen from some parts of the world on July 18, 2015. Aimilianos Gkekas submitted this photo to EarthSky. He caught the trio from a monastery known as Meteora – literally ‘suspended in the sky’ – in Thessaly, Greece.

Moon and Venus on July 18, 2015 by Billie C. Barb at Mutiny Bay, Freeland, Washington.

Moon and Venus on July 18, 2015 by Billie C. Barb at Mutiny Bay, Freeland, Washington.

View larger. | Venus, Jupiter and the moon setting on July 18 as seen from Porto, Portual.  The star above the planets is Regulus in the constellation Leo.  Photo submitted by João Pedro Bessa.

View larger. | Venus, Jupiter and the moon setting on July 18 as seen from Porto, Portual. The star above the planets is Regulus in the constellation Leo. Photo submitted by João Pedro Bessa.

View larger.| Venus, Jupiter and moon on July 17, 2015 by Jim Hatcher in San Diego.

View larger.| Venus, Jupiter and moon on July 17, 2015 by Jim Hatcher in San Diego. If you look closely, you can see he also caught Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS).

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