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I caught our moon waxing Venus tonight around 8:00. The young moon was only 8.89% full tonight, 15.95% full Saturday. It waxes it's way up to full by March 10th.
I've always had a thing for moon-planet alignments. It happens rarely, so this time I wanted to catch the image to preserve it. Trees and houses blocked most of the views from my house and I didn't feel like heading out to the country away from city lights. This photo was taken from the sidewalk in front of the house.
I knew it was Venus from it's brightness, but double checked the Journal Sentinel to be sure. At the back of the Sports section is a neat chart with all the visible celestial bodies' risings and settings. If ever I'm not sure of which planet I'm observing, I note it's distance from the horizon and check the chart. Today the chart said the moon set at 8:52 and Venus at 8:50. The chart confirms it was Venus next to the moon.