16 January 2010
Jupiter and a Young Moon
Despite the cloudy weather here in San Francisco these last few days, bright Jupiter shines through from time to time as it slowly works its way down the western sky after sunset. The next few days offer a chance to see one of my favorite views, that of the young Moon and a bright planet. In this case the waxing crescent Moon slides across the south-western horizon each night for the next few nights. With Earthshine illuminating the dark portions of the Moon, the visual effect is quite striking. If clouds part in the next few days, find a good western horizon for this beautiful scene.