A dazzling celestial sight just after sunset today: Venus and the moon
Did you happen to notice that little dot near the crescent moon just after sunset today?
Emerging out of the Lincoln Tunnel at that time — following a day spent wandering around (and boating) in Central Park — that little dot in the western sky distracted me momentarily, swerving just enough to be admonished by my girlfriend.
“Please google ‘moon tonight,'” I asked. “There’s something happening.”
It turns out that I was right.
The reason? From Space.com:
The planet Venus, which has been languishing low in the dusk all summer, at last manages to stay above the west-southwest horizon as late as the end of evening twilight. About 45 minutes after sunset on Sunday (Sept. 8), look toward the west-southwest horizon to see Venus hovering rather close to a waxing crescent moon — an eye-catching tableau in spite of the pair’s low altitude in the night sky.
If you missed it, don’t fret; you’ll have another chance — “albeit much wider,” according to Space.com — on October 8.
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