Moon and Venus Pair Up Early December

If you're viewing from the US West Coast you can catch a close approach of Venus and the thin crescent Moon Monday morning December 7. Look to the southeastern sky about 6AM and you'll see the Moon and Venus to the lower left. The objects will appear to be quite close together from Earth's perspective, though in reality Venus is MUCH further away from us than the Moon.

As seen from the San Francisco bay area Venus will actually pass behind the Moon around 9AM local time, though the event won't be readily visible occurring as it does after sunrise. (Graphic generated using Stellarium)