The Moon and Venus made a nice pair in the WNW twilight on the evening of June 11th. Here are a few photos of the event.

The Moon was only 2.3% illuminated as it passed Venus (upper left) after sunset on June 11th.

As the twilight deepened, a faint Earthshine was visible on the Moon’s night side. Many of the dark lunar maria and lighter highlands can be seen on the Moon’s surface. Mebsuta (epsilon Geminorum) is the star one lunar diameter to the Moon’s upper left.

The Moon was poised to set behind the Jemez Mountains. While the Moon is a slim crescent, just past new moon, Venus is almost full since it’s on the far side of the Sun, as seen from Earth.

The clear, relatively light pollution-free WNW horizon allowed us to observe the Moon-Venus conjunction to the very end.

It takes a clear, dark sky to see the night side of the Moon after the day side had set. Third magnitude Mebsuta would soon follow the Moon behind the Jemez (Venus was still visible, but was beyond the left side of the frame).