Use any optical aid to see crescent Venus

Venus is very low and very bright, in the southwest sky around and right after sunset.
Use any optical aid – good binoculars or a telescope to see it look like a crescent moon.

Below is a photo I took though my telescope to show what it looks like.

See Venus for yourself this week before it gets too close to the sun.

Then imagine what Galileo thought when he first saw a crescent Venus through his telescope.
When he followed Venus in the sky, month after month, he saw the phases of Venus matched how it would look if Venus revolved around the Sun, not the Earth.

Venus as it appears in a small telescope when it's a crescent.

Venus as it appears in a small telescope when it’s a crescent.

If you want to see what other planets look like through a telescope, type the planet’s name in the ‘search’ box at the upper right of the blog.

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