The astronomer takes a picture of Venus and the moon illuminated in the sky Environment - Eastern Daily Press

PUBLISHED: 13:39 04 December 2018 | UPDATE: 5:24 December 4, 2018

The crescent moon and Venus appeared in the Orient on the morning of December 4th. Photo: Mark Thompson

The crescent moon and Venus appeared in the Orient on the morning of December 4th. Photo: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

The show made the two objects seem close, despite the fact that they are millions of kilometers away.

The crescent moon and Venus appeared in the Orient on the morning of December 4th. Photo: Mark ThompsonThe crescent moon and Venus appeared in the Orient on the morning of December 4th. Photo: Mark Thompson

On the morning of December 4th, the crescent moon and Venus got up before the sun to the east to treat the early risers in a show in the sky.

The astronomer Mark Thompson, from the south of Norfolk, captured an extraordinary picture of the occasion and explained what was causing the bright illumination of both objects.

He said: "We see both the Moon and Venus because they reflect the light of the sun.You often see a crescent moon and often, the dark part of the Moon remains invisible to us.

"Sometimes, however, the sunlight reflected from the Earth can gently illuminate the dark portion of the Moon. We call this earthshine and this could be seen this morning.

"Venus is a planet that appears bright in our sky because it is covered by a reflecting cloud, both objects have appeared close in our sky even if they are 64 million kilometers apart.

"Their presence in a twilight twilight gave the right level of contrast to make them look stunning in the dawn sky."

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