Venus to appear alongside crescent moon for last time in 2012

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May 22, 2012|By Scott Dance

Venus’ adornment alongside the moon in the western sky this spring will soon be no longer.

Wednesday will be the last time this year that the crescent moon and the yellow planet will pair up with each other this year.

Look to the west at dusk tonight and Wednesday – if you look early enough with the naked eye or binoculars, you can make out Venus’ crescent shape before it becomes too bright to discern.According to, you should also be able to see earthshine, a faint glow on the dark portion of the moon, from light reflecting back from Earth toward the moon.

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