Crescent Moon and Venus Above Munich

April 12, 2018


Photographer: Martin Dietzel 
Summary Authors: Martin Dietzel; Jim Foster

The photo above shows but a thin sliver of the crescent Moon and Venus (upper right center) separated by a band of cirrus clouds reddened by the rising Sun. It was captured over Munich, Germany, just before sunup on the morning of October 18, 2017. The Moon's cheerful, crooked grin is sometimes referred to as the wet moon. During the time of the year when it rises and descends at steeper angles (near the equinoxes), its sunlit slit appears smile-like. Look for the crescent Moon tomorrow morning about 40 minutes before sunrise -- it'll be low in the southeastern sky. Don't expect to see Venus, though. It's now only visible after sunset.