See Venus swing by the crescent moon Monday morning

In the predawn morning sky on Monday (Sept. 14), a beautiful celestial sight will likely attract a lot of attention for early risers. A few hours before sunrise, low above the east-northeast horizon you’ll see a slender sliver of a waning crescent moon. And located to its left you’ll see a dazzling, silvery-white “star” shining with a steady glow.  

That will be the planet Venus, shining at an eye-popping magnitude of -4.2 (thirteen times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star) from a distance of 88.8 million miles (142.8 million kilometers) from Earth.   

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