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Moon and Venus to pair up Monday night

Monday - 12/26/2011, 2:15pm  ET

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Greg Redfern, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- Skywatchers will get a treat on Monday, Dec. 26 right after sunset as the thin crescent Moon and Venus pair up in the west.

Start looking at 4:30 p.m. in the southwest and brilliant Venus and the moon will be very close to one another. As an added bonus, the moon will have earthshine present -- the unlit portion of the moon illuminated by reflected sunlight off of our planet's ocean and clouds.

This is a celestial treat worth seeing. If you have binoculars, it will enhance the view of the moon. Using a camera, you can take pictures by mounting your camera on a tripod and taking a number of exposures. About one second at ISO 200 should capture the scene.

Read more about it here.

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