Spot Venus shining under the thin crescent moon on Tuesday

Look east-northeast skyward before sunrise on Tuesday (July 26) to catch the thin crescent moon gliding across the sky above Venus.

Venus will shine at a bright magnitude of -3.9, just a few finger widths (or 4 degrees celestial south) to the lower right of the old moon, according to astronomer Chris Vaughan of (opens in a new tab)who prepares the monthly Night Sky Calendar in collaboration with Simulation Curriculum. (On the magnitude scale used by astronomers, lower numbers mean brighter objects.) The duo will appear close enough to share the view with a pair of binoculars.

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