The crescent moon appears in the morning sky near brilliant Venus and Regulus
by Jeffrey Hunt
On the morning of October 12, look for the crescent moon about halfway up in the east at about one hour before sunrise. The moon is 25.0 days past its New moon phase, and it is 25% illuminated.
The lunar crescent is 10.5° to the upper right of the star Regulus (in Leo), while brilliant Venus is over 11° to the lower left of the star.
Read more about the planets during October.
During the early evening hours of winter, the stars that shine from the southern sky are a sampler of the sky’s brightest stars.
January 21, 2021: Several bright stars are in the morning sky. This morning look for Antares in the east-southeast. Mercury – near its greatest elongation – is in the west-southwest after sunset. Mars and the moon are near each other. Planet Uranus is near Mars.
January 20, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The bright moon is to the lower right of Mars, while the Red Planet passes planet Uranus.