Make sure you look toward the west just after nightfall. The clear skies will allow you to see the moon and Venus up close and personal.
Earth’s only satellite and the solar system’s bright-shining Venus rendezvous for a near-embrace the next few days in skies swept clean by a cold front.
The National Weather Service in Miami is forecasting cloudless nights into Sunday following a gift of cool, dry air from north winds.
With little obstruction, a noteworthy pairing of the waxing crescent moon with the vibrant Venus will be visible in the western twilight just after sunset.
Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is the second-brightest object in the night sky following the luminous moon.
“The moon and Venus don’t shine by their own light but by reflecting sunlight; they’re like beauties on a beach, basking in sunshine,” wrote Bruce McClure in his column for EarthSky.org.
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The nights will be chilly through at least Monday, dropping to the upper 40s and low 50s at Palm Beach County’s coast. Western communities, including Wellington and Belle Glade, could dip into the low 40s.
To see the moon and Venus together, look toward the west just after nightfall. Venus will be unmistakably sparkly while the sliver of moon will appear just to its left.
Sky and Telescope magazine says the duo can be seen before sunset, but for best viewing, wait until dark.
This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.