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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Jan 03, 2014

Young crescent moon and old crescent Venus on January 2

The planet Venus is about to pass between the Earth and sun. It will soon disappear from our sky. But many saw it last night near the moon.

View larger. | Jean-Baptiste Feldmann captured this photo of a thin crescent moon - and a thin crescent Venus - on Thursday, January 2, 2014.  You need a telescope to see Venus as a crescent.  Visit Jean-Baptiste Feldmann Photogrpahies on Facebook

View larger. | Jean-Baptiste Feldmann captured this photo of a thin crescent moon – and a thin crescent Venus – on Thursday, January 2, 2014. You need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to see Venus as a crescent. Visit Jean-Baptiste Feldmann Photographies on Facebook

Many around the world spotted the young moon and blazing planet Venus in the bright evening twilight last night (January 2, 2014). Those with telescopes, or good binoculars, were able to see Venus as a crescent. EarthSky Facebook friend Jean-Baptiste Feldmann captured this beautiful photo. Thank you, Jean-Baptiste!

Why does Venus appear as a crescent world now, as seen from Earth? This planet will pass between the Earth and sun (more or less) on January 11. Thus the day side of Venus is facing nearly entirely away from us now, and we see a crescent world.

On January 2, in the language of astronomers, the moon was young, or waxing. Venus was old, or waning.

Venus will come back to the morning sky – east before dawn – after the middle of January. Watch for it!

January 2014 guide to the five visible planets

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