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2007-Dec-05, 09:09 PM
I was getting ready for school at exactly 6:29 AM (I checked) this morning, when I looked out the window to see a beautiful very thin waning crescent moon. Near it was what looked like a star, but it was so bright that I knew it was a planet. I just don't know which one. Can you help?

2007-Dec-05, 09:14 PM

Nowhere Man
2007-Dec-05, 11:43 PM
Agreed, Venus. People have been asking about it here for months.

Visit www.heavens-above.com and ask it for a sky map.


2007-Dec-06, 01:36 AM
Yes, Venus. Venus and the moon were only 7 degrees apart, and at about the same height. Sorry I missed it :)

PS: Watch the same general area about a third as high in the sky, same general time, on Feb.1, and Venus and Jupiter will be only a half degree apart, about the width of the moon. Then, on Feb. 4, the moon will join the both of them.

2007-Dec-06, 11:07 PM
Without even reading a newcomer's question on an astronomical message board, the one word answer that is most likely correct is "Venus". :)

2007-Dec-07, 02:08 AM
Thanks. I thought so, because it is the "Morning Star", but I wasn't sure.

Kaptain K
2007-Dec-07, 03:42 AM
FWIW, both Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines have interactive sky charts on their web sites.

Halcyon Dayz
2007-Dec-07, 05:45 AM
Man! KaiYeves already zoomed pass KiloPi.
And she's only been here since September.


2007-Dec-07, 06:03 AM
Thanks. I thought so, because it is the "Morning Star", but I wasn't sure.

Venus can also be the Evening Star. It goes through a 1.6-year synodic cycle, alternating between those two stages that are separated by periods when it appears too close to the Sun to be seen.

Below is a diagram I created to illustrate the situation.


2007-Dec-08, 10:56 PM
Thanks for everything. I now enjoy that little sight before school, happy to know what it is.

2008-Jan-04, 12:20 AM
Saw Venus and the moon again this morning. Very nice.

2008-Jan-04, 12:37 AM
Saw Venus and the moon again this morning. Very nice.

So pretty, someone should make a flag.

Oops too late. Wikipedia: Star and Crescent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_and_crescent) (More crescent flags (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallery_of_flags_with_crescents))

2008-Jan-04, 08:23 AM
I use "Stellarium" for an up to the minute sky chart. It has a whole buch of additional things you can do on the page. Sorry I do not have the URL. You will have to Google it, try it it is kewl!

2008-Jan-06, 12:00 AM
I had a web pal in Turkey for a school project. (Incidentally, that was why I made up the handle "KaiYeves") I saw a similar appearance of the moon and Venus after sunset and wrote about it to them, with the end note
"It looked just like your flag."