MOON AND VENUS:
December 29th, 2000, the bright waxing crescent moon hung high
in the western sky over Ireland, having spent three days hugging
the sun - and in fact eclipsing the sun over parts of northern
America on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, 2000.
when the moon emerged from darkness it was greeted by a bright
"evening star" - Venus. The two planets provided a
spectacular sight to brighten up the dark December nights.
this time Venus was quite high in the evening sky, and was magnitude
minus 4.3, presenting through telescopes a sort of half-globe
resembling the gibbous phase of the Moon. It has often been
said that Venus is bright enough to cast shadows at night -
this is certainly true if one views it from a very dark site.
But Venus can also be tracked during daylight, if one knows
exactly where to look.
next time Venus will be met by the moon high in the western
sky will be around May 2002. In this photo the moon is shining
through a thin veil of high cloud.