Venus and the Moon – nice pairing tonight – Dec 26th (Boxing Day).

Venus  and the Moon on Dec 26 2011

Venus will be just 7 degrees to the left of the Moon on Dec 26th. Image from

Go outside just around sunset (which is 4:50pm)… and you will get a treat of the very “young” Moon as a small sliver of a crescent in the Southwest – and just 7 degrees to the left is the bright planet Venus. If you hold up your fist at arms length that is approx 10 degrees so you can use that to judge how far Venus and the Moon are from one another.

Here is a challenge. Go out BEFORE sunset and see if you can find the Moon and then using the fist at arms length trick – see if you can see Venus IN THE DAY TIME.

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