The waning crescent moon, 23.4 days old — past the New phase — and 33% illuminated, enters the photographic frame this morning as it approaches Jupiter and brilliant Morning Star Venus. The moon, overexposed in the image, is over 18 degrees to the upper right of Jupiter. The next few mornings, the moon passes Jupiter and Venus.
Venus passed Jupiter a week ago. This morning Venus is nearly 8 degrees from the Giant Planet. Venus is heading toward a conjunction with Saturn on February 18.
More about the morning planets:
- Venus in the Morning Sky, 2018-2019
- 2018-2019: Jupiter Dances With the Snake Handler
- 2019: Saturn’s Year in Sagittarius
- 2019, February 18: A Venus-Saturn Conjunction