Tonight – December 1, 2016 – look outside shortly after the sun goes down. In the sunset direction, not high in the western sky, you’ll find the sky’s two brightest nighttime objects, Earth’s companion moon and the planet Venus. They’ll be a beautiful sight as night is falling.
Afterwards, the waxing moon will continue to climb up higher in the evening twilight – moving farther each evening from the sunset glare as it goes in its orbit around Earth – and by December 4, the moon will be close to Mars on the sky’s dome.
On the night of November 30, the moon was a very thin crescent, in the sky only shortly after sunset. Some people around the world saw and photographed it! A few photos of last night’s evening sky, below.
Bottom line: On December 1, 2016, the waxing moon has moved higher in the evening west sky away from the sunset. It’s edged closer to the very bright planet, Venus.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded 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.