Hey Space Placers!
Tonight, December 26, 2011, the thin crescent Moon and brilliant Venus will pair together in the western sky right after sunset. This is a must see event as the two will be very bright and beautiful. The Moon will have earthshine - which is the unlit portion of the Moon being visible due to the reflection of sunlight off our planet's clouds and oceans.
If you have binoculars it will be well worth using them to look at the Moon as you will see the main craters and rays.
Start looking at about 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the southwest. As long as you have a clear western horizon free of trees and buildings the view will be beautiful and serene.
Don't miss this celestial treat.
Read More About It: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/23dec_nightafter/
Sky Guy in VA