2021, June 11 – 14, Crescent Moon, Evening Planets

June 11 – 14, 2021:  After the solar eclipse, the crescent moon returns to the western sky after sunset appearing with Evening Star Venus on June 11.  Each evening the crescent waxes and appears higher in the sky.  The crescent is near Mars on June 13.

2021, June 11 - June 14: The moon is in the western sky near the evening planets.
Chart Caption – 2021, June 11 – June 14: The moon is in the western sky near the evening planets.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

After the annular solar eclipse on June 10, the waxing crescent moon appears in the western sky after sunset.  It moves past Evening Star Venus and then Mars.

Here’s what to look for:

2021, June 11, The crescent moon is to the lower right of Venus.
Chart Caption – 2021, June 11, The crescent moon is to the lower right of Venus.

June 11:  Forty-five minutes after sunset, brilliant Venus is about 8° up in the west-northwest.  The crescent moon, 2% illuminated, is 2.8° to the lower right of Venus.

June 12: This evening the moon, 6% illuminated, is over 8° to the upper left of Venus and 4.5° to the lower left of Pollux.

2021, June 13: The crescent moon is above Mars.
Photo Caption – 2021, June 13: The crescent moon is above Mars.

June 13:  The crescent moon, 12% illuminated and 20° to the upper left of Venus, is 2.9° above Mars.

June 14:  The crescent moon is nearly 20% illuminated and 30° up in the west. The lunar slice is over 14° to the upper left of Mars.

The moon, January 15, 2021
2021, January 15, 2021: The thin waxing moon with earthshine, reflected sunlight from Earth’s features gently illuminates the lunar night.

Photographers can capture sunlight reflected from Earth’s oceans, land, and clouds that illuminates the night portion of the moon. This is known as earthshine. In the photo above, the moon was 9% illuminated.  The photo’s properties:  140mm, f/5.6, 5 seconds exposure, ISO-100.

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