Yesterday evening (September 8, 2013), the moon swept past the planet Venus in the west after sunset. Our friends across the globe shared their photos of Venus and the moon in their skies. As the line of sunsets swept westward around the globe, the images came first from Australia and New Zealand, then Asia, the Middle East, Europe and finally the Americas. As the day passed, we could see from the images that the moon was drawing closer and closer to Venus. Why? Because the moon is moving in orbit around Earth, and its movement across half a day is noticeable in the sky. You can see that movement of the moon by looking at the photos below, from top to bottom.
If you had cloudy skies, or were stuck inside – or just want to relive the beauty of last night’s evening twilight sky – here are some of the best views of the spectacular moon-Venus pairing of September 8, 2013.
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.