The Moon and Venus

I’m just wrapping up the Astronomical League’s Lunar Observing Program with two observations to see the Moon within 72 and the 48 hours of new. Photos are not required but why not?

Here in descending order are the Moon and Venus and the Moon from Wednesday the 18th when the Moon was 32 hours from new and then the same from Tuesday when it was 52 hours from new. See how thin the Moon is and if you double click either picture with Venus and you can see it’s gibbous phase.