Seen at 9:20 pm, low in the western sky.
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.
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.
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On the morning of 17 June 2020, the Moon presented this nice crescent. The camera was at full zoom.
Eight days later, Venus presented in the same place at the same time with the same crescent shape. The camera was again at full zoom. The images are to scale.