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.
October 31, 2021: There is no Halloween Full moon this year, and the phase is not close. The crescent moon is in the morning sky. Mercury is low in the east-southeast before sunrise. The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – gleam in the evening sky.
October 29, 2021: Venus reaches its greatest elongation from the sun. It is in the evening sky with Jupiter and Saturn. The crescent moon and Mercury are in the eastern sky before sunrise.
October 29 – November 1, 2021: The crescent moon moves in front of the stars of Leo in the eastern sky before sunrise. Watch the moon appear lower and the phase shrink (wane) each morning. Also note that there is no Full moon on Halloween this year!
October 26, 27, and 28, 2021: During the early morning hours, the bright gibbous moon appears in front of Gemini’s stars.
October 26, 2021: Mercury is at its greatest morning appearance for the year. Look low in the east-southeast before sunrise.