Skywatching: November 6-7

Crescent Moon and Venus

The return of standard time and the ever-lengthening nights are keeping the planet Venus in view in the evening twilight. On Wednesday and Thursday, look for the crescent moon in the southwest after sunset, and Venus will be below it. The diagram below shows their relative positions on November 6 (left) and 7 (right). Venus sets at around 7:00 pm CST, so don’t wait too long after you get home from work before looking.

Venus and the Crescent Moon
Locations of Venus and the crescent Moon on November 6 (left) and 7 (right) at 6:00 pm CST

Venus is not very far above the horizon, so it might be obscured by buildings or trees. Because Venus happens to be almost as far south as it can possibly be (in terms of its “latitude”) in the sky, it is quite low for Northern observers. But you can’t miss it, because it is so bright, maybe even brighter than airplanes on their final approach to O’Hare.

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