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Skywatcher Photos: Dazzling Views of Venus & the Moon

Venus & the Moon by Jeffrey Berkes

Jeffrey Berkes

Astrophotographer Jeffrey Berkes of West Chester, Pa., snapped this stunning view of planet Venus and the crescent moon during a bright conjunction on Dec. 26, 2011.

Venus & the Moon by David Smoyer

David Smoyer

Skywatcher David Smoyer in Truckee, Calif., snapped this dazzling view of the moon and Venus just after sunset on Dec. 26, 2011 during a bright conjunction.

Venus & the Moon by Jeffrey Berkes

Jeffrey Berkes

Astrophotographer Jeffrey Berkes of West Chester, Pa., snapped this stunning view of planet Venus and the crescent moon during a bright conjunction on Dec. 26, 2011.

Venus & the Moon Over Kent, CT

Scott Tully

The crescent moon and Venus shine bright over the Housatonic River in Kent, Conn., on Dec. 26, 2011 during a dazzling conjunction. This photo was taken by skywatcher Scott Tully.

Standing on a Corner in Mesa, Arizona

Casey Stanford

Skywatcher Casey Stanford captured this image of the moon and Venus from Mesa, Ariz. "I was reading the article on Space.com about the moon and Venus being in conjunction, and figured I'd send in a couple [photographs] that I snapped myself on December 26," Stanford wrote in an e-mail.

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