There is going to be quite a show in the sky tonight. The best part of all, one need not own a telescope or even stay up late for that matter. The sky show that will be taking place tonight: the thin crescent Moon meets Venus.
So, how to go about seeing the show?
To see the show tonight, you'll need a good Southwestern horizon. How good? One with less than 10 degrees of obstruction. To simulate this, hold a fist vertically at arm's length to simulate 10 degrees. Hint: if you can't think of a good location off-hand, scout out one during the day. Location found, head there about 45 minutes after sunset. The good news, the Moon is plenty lit and Venus plenty bright to eliminate the need for optical aid, so simply head out at the right time and look West.
As always, would-be sky watchers in the Cleveland area should be sure to keep an eye on the Cleveland weather forecast and, for hour-by-hour cloud predictions, the Cleveland Clear Sky Clock. Live somewhere else? Find a clock and see if it will be clear near you.
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