Crescent Moon and Venus

Crescent Moon and Venus, December 6, 2021

The young Moon passed below Venus this evening after sunset. The night side of the Moon appears cradled by the lighted crescent and gives rise to the phrase: “Old Moon in the new Moon’s arms.” Though on the night side of the Moon, it is not totally dark since it is illuminated by “earthshine,” the light from Earth which is much brighter than the light we get from the full Moon.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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