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Two very large silvery stars will adorn the moon Monday night. That’s when Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the night sky.
Make sure you’re looking to the southwest after sunset on December 1, that’s when if you have binoculars, you’ll be able to see all three very bright members of the solar system together in the same field of view. Starting tonight, you can even see Jupiter and Venus getting closer to each other each night.
The moon is scheduled to be a crescent, only 15 percent illuminated, yet it will be very near the two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter. Some people who are not reading this story may even call the police or weather offices thinking they may be seeing a UFO. But, what they may not know is that Venus has been vacationing in the southwestern sky since late August.
On Monday, Jupiter and Venus will brighten up the sky so, that the full globe of the moon will be visible. The normally darkened portion of a crescent moon will glow a bluish-gray hue intertwined between the sunlit crescent and similarly lit sky. Leonardo da Vinci first recognized what is known as “the old moon in the young moon’s arms.”