Folks, this evening as the sun set and night began to fall, I managed to get a couple of really great shots, and a really great wide shot of the Waxing Crescent Moon and all of the inner planets in the western sky in the same photo!
The first photo shows Luna in her waxing crescent phase after sunset between Venus above in the evening sky and Mercury below on the horizon chasing the sunset.
The second photo is a closeup of Mercury on the horizon with Luna overhead. I was most fortunate to capture Mercury while it was still above the trees. It would set entirely twenty minutes later following the sunset.
Finally the best shot of all -- a great wide-shot of the other three inner planets of the solar system in the western sky over South Carolina, USA on Earth (Terra). Mars is the highest overhead and the farthest from the sun, with Venus above Luna and Mercury on the horizon closest to the sun.
The Waxing Crescent Moon will continue to climb higher in the evening twilight -- moving farther each evening from the sunset in its orbit around the Earth. Luna will sweep close to Venus on Friday, December 2nd. By the evening of Sunday, December 4th, Luna will sweep close to Mars. Good weather and planetary viewing conditions permitting, this blogger will endeavor to capture both events over the next few nights.