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.

Aaron Clevenson
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I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.