New Moon Joined Venus

In the evening of 12 May 2021 at 8:41pm, the waxing Moon was near Venus low in the western sky. Clear conditions allowed a fine binocular view. Without them, I would not have seen the Moon’s very thin crescent.

Approximate view of unaided eyes next to a streetlamp pole.
Full camera zoom. Enhanced with software. Moon 1.28 days old and 1.31% illuminated.

If the sky is clear the evening of 13 May, look again for the Moon in the west. It will be to the left of Mercury this time. Not quite as close as it was to Venus. Binoculars will help. The Moon will be illuminated 4.34% and easier to find.

5 thoughts on “New Moon Joined Venus

    • I was able to find Venus first. Only then did I see the Moon nearby with binoculars. The thin crescent was about the same brightness as the sky at that time.

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