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

Watch the swinging crescent moon on Venus on the evening of June 11, 2021. (Image courtesy of SkySafari App)

Tonight (June 11), just 38 hours after the Moon met the Sun to produce a “ring of fire” solar eclipse, our rocky satellite will connect to the second brightest object in the night sky: Venus.

As day turns into night, about 45 minutes after sunset tonight, take a look at the west-southwest sky for a beautiful celestial picture formed by a thin strip of crescent moon, only 3% illuminated, and the brilliant planet Venus. … Venus will hover just 4 degrees above and to the left of the Moon.

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