So far you have almost certainly noticed that soon after sunset, bright stars will be seen in the west-northwest sky.
And tonight (May 17th), this splendid world will have a company, and in just two and a half days after the new stage, it will have a slender (8.5% illuminated) crescent moon to share with the sky. It’s part.
Whenever these two objects are paired, they always attract attention – even if they are not particularly close together.
Your clenched fist is about 10 degrees. Tonight, you will find our natural satellite 6 degrees – a little more than half a fist – to the lower left corner of Venus.
Ever wondered which brighter, Venus or New Moon?
Many people may say that Venus is because it looks like a small, sharp spot. But in reality, it is a brighter moon.
Currently, Venus shines at an astonishing rate of -3.9 (lower brightness and brighter), but the new moon is thin, with a brightness of -7.4 to 25 times.
This may be difficult to accept, but the reason is that the light of the moon is distributed over a larger area than the light of Venus, so the moon appears darker.
Of course, seeing two objects approaching each other in the sky is a perspective illusion; the moon and Venus are not too close in space.
The Moon is 226,000 miles (364,000 kilometers) from Earth, and Venus is 126 million miles (203 million kilometers) from our Earth. But tonight, they will line up to look relatively close.
In May, Venus’s solar elongation increased from 24 to 32 degrees, making the Earth easily detectable from north temperate latitudes; it will be suspended west-northwestwards at dusk because it is close to less high ghost peaks in 2018.
The planet will appear 10 to 20 degrees to the left of the sun and 25 degrees above the horizon.
Since the bright sky helps to overcome Venus’s glare, it is now a good time to check the planet’s retractability. Although its raised disc is still small, about one-seventh to one-eighth is on.
Venus appears around 10:40 in the evening. Local summer time. In the second week of June, when it will be at the top of the current night visibility, Venus will set after 11pm.