CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A clear sky the next few nights gives us the opportunity to travel into the heavens above for a beyond-the-weather view. During the next week, take a look for a paring of Venus and the moon.
The moon moves from the waning crescent to the new phase on February 23rd. As the moon emerges as a fine crescent, it will slowly rise higher in the sky each evening and pass the planet Venus.
On February 24th, look in the western sky about 50 minutes after sunset – assuming the clouds break enough. The moon will be a very thin crescent near the horizon. On successive nights, at the same time, the moon will appear larger and higher off the horizon. During this same time, look for a very bright light in the western sky. This is the planet Venus. From the 24th through the 27th, the moon will appear to get close to and pass Venus.