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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

December 6, 2021

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    A slender waxing Crescent Moon returns to the sky, treating us to a lovely conjunction with the lovely Venus, the planet named after the goddess of love and beauty. Look to the southwest starting near 4:45 PM, gradually lowering as the twilight fades, and quite challenging to see at 5:30 PM.

  • December 7:

    As the waxing Crescent Moon grows in the south-southwest, it slides farther toward the south, and this evening shines below the ringed giant Saturn. While you'll find the Moon near sunset, Saturn needs the darkening twilight to appear near 5 o'clock. The pair gradually head for the southwest horizon after 7 o'clock.

  • December 8:

    Near 4:45 this evening, looking south in the twilight, not only does the widening Crescent Moon appear, but to its upper left emerges Jupiter, about one third of the way above the horizon. They spend the next four hours heading west, the Moon setting first, followed by Jupiter shortly after 9:30 PM.

Star Charts

  • December 1, 2021 - December 12, 2021:

    The waxing Crescent Moon makes a great guide to seeing the evening planets this month.  Venus, lowest to the southwest, will form a line with Saturn, well to its upper left, and Jupiter, even higher to the left.  Watch the Moon slide underneath them from the 6th through the 9th.

    The waxing Crescent Moon makes a great guide to seeing the evening planets this month. Venus, lowest to the southwest, will form a line with Saturn, well to its upper left, and Jupiter, even higher to the left. Watch the Moon slide underneath them from the 6th through the 9th.