The Moon And Venus Pair Up: How To See Two Crescents

Two brightest celestial objects — the Moon and Venus — will pair up closely in the morning sky this week. Observers in some parts of the world will be able to witness another beautiful sight — occultation of the dazzling planet by the Moon. Let’s find out what to expect from this astronomical event and how to see these objects in the sky.

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The Moon and Venus meet up 🌘✨

Our natural satellite will be closer to Venus on the sky’s dome with each passing day. On June 19, two objects will make their closest approach, passing within 0°42' of each other. At this moment, two crescents will fit together in the field of view of binoculars and small telescopes. Another spectacular sight will take place on June 19 for observers in some parts of the world — lunar occultation of Venus.

Lunar occultation of Venus: when and how to see it 🔭

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The best time to see the lunar occultation of Venus will be from 07:20 UTC until 09:00 UTC. Weather permitting, observers in some parts of North America, in the Azores, the Canary Islands, far northern and eastern Canada, Greenland, and the northern parts of Europe, Russia, and Mongolia will be able to watch the event fully or partially. This beautiful celestial sight will be occurring almost exclusively in a daytime sky. Binoculars or a small telescope will help witness it. Be careful when watching Venus with optical aid, as the Moon and Venus won’t be that far from the Sun.

This occultation is a great way of observing the dazzling planet in the morning sky. Consult the astronomy guide Star Walk 2 to find out the occultation times for your part of the world and check the visibility of the event from your location.

Occultation or not, this Moon-Venus pairing will produce a spectacular view and offer an amazing photo opportunity.

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