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Moon and the Planets this week

By Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
12/04/2018, 6:52:10 PM

If you are up early Wednesday morning, take a look to the east and south before dawn.

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You will see a thin crescent moon rising next to Venus Many of us have not seen Venus for a while since it is no longer in the evening sky. But, it is now high in the early morning sky. It rises more than three hours before the sun.

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The moon will fade to a thin crescent as it nears the sun over the next few mornings. Jupiter and Mercury are very near the sun but probably too close to get a good look.

That's all for now. Just a quick reminder that the Geminids meteor shower is just over a week away! The peak night is December 13/14. It should be nearly as active as the Perseids were this past August.

Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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