A couple of evening sky sights are coming up that you won't want to miss! The crescent Moon forms two beautiful conjunctions with the two brightest planets during twilight Wednesday and Thursday, June 12th and 13th. The Moon meets up with Jupiter low in the west-northwest on Wednesday, then pairs with higher, brighter Venus the following night. Binoculars will give an especially grand view.
Skywatchers in the Americas get the best show. Elsewhere in the world, the Moon will appear farther from the planets at the time of evening twilight.
This is the third month in a row that the Americas have lucked out with a fine Moon-Venus conjunction; the previous ones came on April 14th and May 14th. Moon-Venus pairings are always impressive. Ancient Native Americans apparently recorded one in their rock art, and such an event may have inspired the Islamic star-and-crescent symbol. This is the last such close pairing that will take place this year.