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Photo credit: ava verino The name of the moon after the December solstice (this week): Old Moon, or Moon After Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, or Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon

The moon and Venus as seen by the Clementine probe in 1994.

Many have been watching the beautiful triangle of celestial bodies in the west after sunset in August 2012. That triangle consists of two planets – Mars and Saturn – and the star Spica in the constellation Virgo. Then this week, the waxing crescent moon moved through the scene on August 21, 2012 ~Photo via EarthSky Facebook friend Stefano De Rosa on the island of Isola d’Elba in the Mediterranean.

Size of the Planets and Stars!

  • B H

    Just one problem. Venus and Mars are backwards. Yo, just sayin...

  • Emily Olson

    I think it's just going by size, not location in the solar system. It's just showing how gigantic objects can get! Which is incredible! Makes ya feel so small! :-)