Maurice Kreindler asks "What is the bright object near the moon early tonight (Nov 6)....just below the crescent moon. Is that Venus"

Yes Maurice you are correct that bright object next to the moon last night is Venus. Recently Venus reached its maximum elongation from the Sun as viewed from Earth so we will see it rise lower and lower as days go by until it will be lost in the glare of the Sun to reappear in a few months as a bright morning object.

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