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Spectacular Crescent Moon and Venus

May 17, 2018

After New Moon on Tuesday, May 15, watch for the waxing crescent to appear in the west, where it will sweep up past Venus, goddess of love and beauty, triggering the myth of Venus and the mortal Anchises, parents of the Trojan warrior Aeneas, which begs the question from Virgil’s epic poem about the the warrior:

“Do the gods light this fire in our hearts or does each man’s mad desire become his god?”

Image from Sky & Telescope.

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May 17, 2018
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