Friday, August 5

Waxing Crescent Moon with Jupiter and Moons

Waxing Crescent Moon with Jupiter and Moons
Space

onight – August 5, 2016 – look for the waxing crescent moon to light up the western sky shortly after sunset. Then, in the deepening dusk, look for the dazzling king planet Jupiter close to this slim moon.

Found ’em? Now find two more planets. The bow of the lunar crescent points in the general direction of the planets Mercury and Venus. At mid-northern latitudes, you’ll have to spot Venus some 30 to 45 minutes after sunset, and Mercury some 45 to 60 minutes after sunset.

These two worlds set before it gets good and dark, so binoculars may come in handy for finding these planets in the glow of evening twilight!
-Earthsky.org

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