What Is the Bright Planet Next to the Moon?

What Is the Bright Planet Next to the Moon?

Depending on the time of year and phase of the moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn may appear as a bright planet next to the moon in the night sky. For example, in April 2014, Saturn appeared just to the lower-left of a gibbous moon.

At the end of May 2014, during a waxing crescent phase, Mercury appeared a few degrees to the right of the moon. Venus, most visible in the early morning hours, was located near the moon at the end of July 2014 during a crescent moon phase. Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky.