Many of us have binoculars. It’s a wonder to see Venus in binoculars as it becomes a thin crescent. Now is the time to watch. Its shape is recognizable and it is growing.
Venus orbits inside of Earth’s orbit and it passes the Earth. As it does this, it moves between the sun and us. Venus has phases just like the moon, and this is the time of the evening crescent Venus. At its closest, it is only a third of the distance to the sun. The closer it gets, the larger it appears. To find Venus, look west-southwest after sunset. The bright object slightly above the horizon is Venus.
Come join us at the Insperity Observatory (humbleisd.net/observatory) for Public Night on the first Friday each month from sunset to 10 p.m. Although Venus is not visible to us at this time in the observatory, the other awesome planets are.