About an hour after sunset the crescent moon and Venus were putting on a nice show over the western horizon:
The moon is 4% illuminated and is more or less between the Earth and Sun. By contrast Venus is almost on the far side of the Sun; the telescopic view shows Venus to have a gibbous (almost full) phase at the moment. Although Venus and the moon looked close together tonight - that was just a line of sight effect! The moon was just under 372 thousand km away when the picture was taken. Venus was 226 million km (more than 600 times further than the moon). Space is big :-)
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.