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Watch the moon shine near Venus tonight on its way to Saturn and Jupiter.

Venus and the moon form a dazzling duo in the night sky tonight (December 6), beginning the moon’s multi-day journey past a host of planets.

Venus, jokingly known to many as the “evening star”, is the brightest object in the night sky (except the moon) right now, and it will be brightest tonight as it heads toward the sun (from our perspective looking at the sky), which will happen closely this January. If you look up at the western sky after sunset tonight, you will be able to see the bright planet just above the moon.

The fun will continue in the night sky throughout the week as, until December 10, you can see the crescent crescent moon pass Venus and then Saturn and Jupiter as it slowly rises in the night sky, according to NASA. In addition to the planetary journey of the moon, you will also be able to see the planets themselves, perfectly aligned in the night sky.

Check out the sky maps below to see how the crescent moon will make its planetary journey up into the night sky over the next few days.

Related: The Best Night Sky Events of December 2021 (Stargazing Maps)

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This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 6, 2021.

This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 6, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

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This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 7, 2021.

This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 7, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

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This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 8, 2021.

This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 8, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

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This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 9, 2021.

This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 9, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

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This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 10, 2021.

This NASA graphic shows the location of the bright Venus and the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky on December 10, 2021. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

Do you see something amazing in the night sky?

If you take a picture of Venus and the moon, let us know! You can send images and comments to spacephoto@.

Venus will continue to shine in the evening sky this week, but the show will be short-lived as the planet moves ever closer to the horizon as the moon travels upward. Venus won’t be in the night sky again until December of next year!

But fear not, Venus fans (and early risers rejoice!): The planet’s fall from view will be short-lived. This act of Houdini is caused by the movement of the planet between the Earth and the sun. In late January, the planet will reappear in the sky early before sunrise, where it will remain for quite some time.

For sky watchers with an affinity for the moon, according to earthsky.org, our rocky satellite will be especially interesting to observe as well, especially for those with telescopes for a close-up view.

“The moon itself, which glows softly in light from the earth, will show mysterious markings on its night side,” reported Earthsky.org.

Venus and the moon will be bright and visible without the need for sky observation tools this week. However, if you are looking for binoculars or a telescope to get a better or closer view of objects like Venus in the night sky, check out our guides for the best binoculars and telescopes of the year.

If you are an astrophotographer in need of equipment, consider our guides to the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography to prepare for your next sky observation trip.

Email Chelsea Gohd at cgohd@ or follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

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