Venus and the moon will shine bright in the night sky tonight

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See the crescent moon swing by Venus on the evening of June 11, 2021. (Image credit: SkySafari app)

Tonight (June 11), just 38 hours after the moon rendezvoused with the sun to produce the “ring of fire” solar eclipse, our rocky satellite will pair off with the second brightest object in the night sky: Venus.

As day turns to night, roughly 45 minutes after sunset tonight, take a look toward the west-southwest part of the sky for a beautiful celestial tableau formed by the slender sliver of a crescent moon, just 3% illuminated, and the brilliant planet Venus. Venus will appear to hover just 4 degrees above and to the left of the moon.


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