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Venus is currently visible shining brightly towards the western/southwestern horizon during dusk. The brightest of all planets is now at magnitude -3.9 and by months end will set about 2 to 3 hours after sunset depending on location. On the 26th January there is a nice opportunity to spot Venus close to a thin crescent Moon. About 90 minutes after sunset, given an unobstructed low south western horizon and clear skies, an observer from London, England should be able to pick out Venus about 6 degrees below the Moon. For a viewer from Sydney, Australia look towards the western horizon about 1 hour after sunset and the Moon will hover only 5 degrees above the terminator with Venus another 7 degrees higher. Similar views will obtained from other worldwide locations.

Venus, the Moon and Jupiter on 26th January

Venus, the Moon and Jupiter on 26th January - pdf format

This is a good time to look out for Earthshine illuminating the night side of the Moon. This phenomenon is caused by reflected Earthlight and is also known as the Moon's ashen glow or more poetically as the old Moon in the new Moon's arms. Earthshine is most readily observable shortly before and after a New Moon, during the waxing or waning crescent phase.

Visible also, high up from the Moon and Venus is Jupiter at magnitude -2.2.