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.

Venus Moon Size Comparison

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.

Crescent of Venus

Evening views of Venus have been beautiful. The planet is passing us in orbit and by the end of May will be hidden in the glare of the Sun. It will emerge again in June but as a morning object.

Last evening was clear and cold, providing a perfect view of Venus. With the camera mounted on a tripod and fully zoomed, the crescent was obvious. A small telescope or steadied binoculars will work, too. Give it a try. Your evening opportunities are waning.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS | 1/500s | ISO=400 | 9:21pm