Crescent Moon and Venus - 1 (2014)

On the morning of 2014 February 27 (MST), the crescent Moon made an attractive pairing with Venus just before sunrise. In the image above, Venus appears high over the Peloncillo Mountains while the crescent Moon (illuminated by earthshine) is below it.

For more images of interesting planetary alignments, see Conjunctions Gallery. An almanac of other major sky happenings for each year can be found at Calendar of Astronomical Events. The 2014 Ephemeris for Venus gives the celestial coordinates and distance of Venus for every day throughout 2014.

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