Watch Moon and Venus together after sunset on Saturday, May 19, 2007

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At sunset look to the west and the waxing crescent Moon and the planet Venus will be within one degree of each other, being the two brightest objects in the evening sky.

The Moon will be illuminated about 15% (as compared to a full Moon), looking like a thin crescent shaped body. Venus, which has been in the western sky at twilight since December 2006, will be the brightest planet in the night sky. It will remain visible until about three or so hours after sunset.

Observers of the Moon and Venus may also be able to see the outline of the hidden portion of the Moon—what is called Earthshine.

The planet Mercury should also be seen below the pair, near the horizon, once the Sun has set.

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