Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus by Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual (Spain) Explanation: In the above image taken from Spain, a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset against a deep blue sky. In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across the image, while a white anvil cloud shape appears above. Soon after this picture was taken and the birds passed by, the storm ended, and Venus and the Moon set.
Venus is visible above Earth's moon, which is illuminated solely by light reflected from Earth. Because of Venus's nearness to Earth and the way its clouds reflect sunlight, it appears to be the brightest planet in the night sky. Photo: NASA
Venus, the Moon, Jupiter and the Pleiades | The above image shows the sword of Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira appearing to pierce the waning crescent Moon. It was captured in Portel, Portugal a little before dawn on July 15, 2012. Image credit: Miguel Claro