Venus will appear close to the old moon in the early evening sky about an hour and a half before sunset on Thursday
The waning crescent moon will pass just 4°17′ north of the brilliant planet Venus.
This close encounter, or conjunction, occurs at 4:58 p.m. EDT (20:58 GMT), when the two objects have the same right ascension or ecliptic longitude, respectively.
The moon currently has a magnitude of -8.4, while Venus has a magnitude of -3.9. Regardless of their close encounter
The pair is currently in the constellation Cancer, where they are joined by the dwarf planet Ceres, which appears directly between the moon and Venus.
The two objects were difficult to spot in the predawn sky because they rose only 9° above the eastern horizon before fading to the rising sun.
If you miss this close encounter between Venus and the moon, you'll have another chance to see them before the end of the year on December 25.