See it! Moon sweeps past Venus

The moon passed Venus Friday evening, but there’s more to come. Wonderful photos here! Thanks to all who submitted. Keep watching this post for more photos.

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Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe wrote on December 3:

Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe wrote on December 3: “Venus and the moon were flanked by broad sunset crepuscular ray which rose almost to the same level.”

Just across the International Date Line - in Sabah, North Borneo - our friend Jenney Disimon saw the moon and Venus this way on December 3.

Just across the International Date Line – in Sabah, North Borneo – our friend Jenney Disimon saw the moon and Venus this way on December 3.

Venus and moon on December 3 from Antonín Hušek in the Czech Republic.

Venus and moon on December 3 from Antonín Hušek in the Czech Republic.

Moon and Venus from Dubai on December 3, from Priya Kumar.

Moon and Venus from Dubai on December 3, from Priya Kumar.

The moon's position relative to the planets Venus and Mars over the next several days, as viewed from North America. From the world's Eastern Hemisphere, the moon will be offset toward the previous date.

The moon’s position relative to the planets Venus and Mars over the next several days, as viewed from North America. From the world’s Eastern Hemisphere, the moon will be offset toward the previous date. From the Southern Hemisphere, the view will be much the same, with the planets slanting up toward the right from the sunset. Read more at EarthSky’s planet guide.

View larger. | Stefan Nilsson (@digitaliz.se) wrote:

View larger. | Stefan Nilsson (@digitaliz.se) wrote on December 2: “Brothers holding hand while watching the waxing crescent of moon and Venus during the twilight.”

Nikolaos Pantazis at Glyfada, Greece caught the moon and Venus on December 2.

Nikolaos Pantazis at Glyfada, Greece caught the moon and Venus on December 2.

On December 2, Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain caught a wide angle view of the sky, showing not only Venus and the moon, but also Mars and some constellations. The moon will be moving up past Mars in the days ahead.

On December 2, Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain caught a wide angle view of the sky, showing not only Venus and the moon, but also Mars and some constellations. The moon will be moving up past Mars in the days ahead.

April Singer in the U.S. wrote:

April Singer Photography in the U.S. wrote: “This evening as the moon set it aligned with beautiful, bright Venus. Did you watch it in your part of the world?”

JV Noriega caught Venus and the crescent moon on December 1, setting over the West Philippine Sea.

JV Noriega caught Venus and the crescent moon on December 1, setting over the West Philippine Sea.

OMlady O in Switzerland caught the moon and Venus on December 1.

OMlady O in Switzerland caught the moon and Venus on December 1.

Jean Marie Andre Deleporte caught the moon and Venus from Normandy France, on December 1.

Jean Marie André Delaporte caught the moon and Venus from Normandy, France on December 1.

View larger. Padraic Koen took this photo of the waxing crescent moon and the planet Mercury after sunset December 1, 2016 ( 9:22 PM local Central Australia Daylight Saving Time) from the top of Mount Lofty outside of Adelaide, South Australia. Look for Mercury to the upper left of the moon, just beneath the cloud.

See the bright twilight? It means this photo is aimed very low in the western sky after sunset. Padraic Koen of PK Imaging took this photo of the waxing crescent moon and planet Mercury after sunset December 1 from the top of Mount Lofty outside of Adelaide, South Australia. It’s not Venus you’re seeing in this photo, but Mercury. Look for Mercury to the upper left of the moon, just beneath the cloud.

Here's a wider view of the west after sunset from View larger. Padraic Koen took this photo of the waxing crescent moon and the planet Mercury after sunset December 1, 2016 ( 9:22 PM local Central Australia Daylight Saving Time) from the top of Mount Lofty outside of Adelaide, South Australia. You can see Venus (brightest starlike object in photo) and Mars (upper right).

Here’s a wider view of the west after sunset from Padraic Koen of PK Imaging in Australia. It’s from December 1, 2016. Now you can see Venus (brightest starlike object in photo) and Mars (upper right).

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Deborah Byrd