Moon is waning, but Venus is waxing!

Venus is near the waning moon early this week. Yet if you followed Venus with a telescope in the coming weeks, you’d find it’s a waxing, not a waning, crescent.

Dennis Chabot of POSNE NightSky caught Venus in the east before dawn on the morning of November 4, 2018. Telescopically, you can see that Venus is a crescent. That’s because it passed between us and the sun on October 26 … and its fully illuminated side, or day side, is still facing mostly away from us.

Read more: Watch for the waning moon and Venus

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Deborah Byrd