Image credit: © Greg Diesel Walck

Just before dawn, Greg Diesel Walck was wide awake photographing one of the last cosmic junctions of the Moon and Venus until September. 

Here, you see the graceful arc of the crescent moon, Venus brilliantly shining below the moon on its right side, and the cloud cover frames the entire scene showing the colors of sunrise. For the next couple of weeks, Venus will slowly bid us adieu as it moves into our daytime sky. In April, you can expect the planet to show back up in the evening sky as it reclaims its place as brightest planet in the night sky.

Currently, Jupiter is ruling the night as the brightest planet (second brightest object behind the moon on most nights). Jupiter will enter into a celestial dance with our closest satellite around January 21.

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