The Moon Joins Brilliant Venus in the August Sky

( The thin lunar crescent shines next to the dazzling “morning star”. Seize the opportunity to witness their beautiful duet! )

The Moon and Venus Conjunction

The bright duet of the Moon and Venus will grace the sky on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 12:44 GMT. Having visited Mars on August 9, 2020, the Moon will pass within 3°59' of Venus in the sky. The 26 days old lunar crescent and the dazzling “morning star” will make a close approach in the constellation Gemini, shining at magnitudes of -10.6 and -4.3, respectively. The maximum magnitude of Venus is -4.4; it is the brightest planet visible from Earth. Clouds covering Venus’ surface reflect 76% of the sunlight that reaches the planet.

Venus at greatest western elongation

The “morning star” reached its westernmost elongation and appeared at greatest separation from the Sun (as viewed from Earth) on Thursday, August 13, 2020. It is the best time to see Venus being at the maximum angular distance of approximately 46° from the Sun, whose glare can’t outshine it. When Venus is at westernmost elongation, you can enjoy its finest morning apparition. These apparitions take place only once in approximately 1.5 years, so don’t miss the opportunity to see Venus these days!

Phases of Venus

Venus has phases similar to those of the Moon. The planet changes its phases as it follows its orbit around the Sun. Venus reaches its half phase (or dichotomy) around its greatest elongation from the blazing star of the Solar system. Venus in dichotomy could be observed on August 12, 2020.

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