A crescent Venus
shines along the western horizon at dusk
The Earth's sister planet is
smiling between the low clouds near
the bottom of the frame
during its January 2nd conjunction with the
crescent Moon above.
Of course the lovely pairing of Moon and Venus crescents could be
enjoyed in the new year's skies around the the world.
But the twin contrails in this scene belong to an aircraft
above Appenzell, Switzerland.
Soon to disappear from evening skies, Venus is heading toward its
January 11th inferior conjunction and an appearance
in predawn skies as planet Earth's morning star by late January.
And the Moon will be young again, too.