Crescent Moon and Venus

Before I put the car in gear to drive home last night, I texted the young miss to go out and catch the western sky. It was just after sunset. Much more impressive in person. Tonight, the planet will be below a slightly wider crescent.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Crescent Moon and Venus

  1. Liam says:

    There’s also annual action in the sky before morning. The Dog Days traditionally end this Sunday. Folks in in the northern parts of the USA who rise before dawn can start to see Orion’s Belt in the eastern sky, with Sirius much lower. That’s whence the Dog Days derive their name – the return of Sirius to the pre-dawn sky was, in ancient Egypt, tied to the annual arrival of flooding to the lower Nile valley from the monsoonal rains on the roof of eastern Africa. (Which floods no longer arrive because of the damming of the Nile.) One can watch the precession (getting earlier and earlier each night) of Orion across the night sky until it fades below the horizon in the evening sky of April.

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