The new moon arrives on 4th December and by the evening of 6th December the new waxing crescent moon will be back in the evening sky. From then through to 9th December (cloudless skies permitting) you can see beautiful scenes after dark as the moon moves away from the sun and first passes Venus, then Saturn, then Jupiter. Two of these (Venus and Jupiter) are the brightest planets. They will be very noticeable with the moon. The moon itself, should be showing some mysterious markings!