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

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Observing the ‘Morning Star’ 💫

Having passed through its inferior solar conjunction on June 3, 2020, the brilliant planet Venus moved from the evening sky into the morning sky. The ‘morning star’ appears before sunrise and sits very low above the east-northeast horizon. Seeing objects in the morning twilight that sit low above the horizon may not be easy, but given that the gleaming planet Venus is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon, there is every chance to spot it. If you pick a good observing site with a clear and unobstructed horizon, you may see Venus with the naked eye about 45–60 minutes before sunup.

The Moon and Venus meet up 🌘✨

In the predawn and dawn sky on June 17, 18, and 19, 2020, two brightest celestial bodies — the Moon and Venus — will appear close to each other. You can find the pair low above the east-northeastern horizon among the stars of the constellation Taurus in the wee hours. Venus should be visible with the unaided eye under good viewing conditions. Bring binoculars with you to be on the safe side. For better results, check the rise and set times of the Moon and Venus for your location in the stargazing app Star Walk 2.

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

The occultation of Venus by the Moon will occur on June 19, 2020. An occultation is an event that happens when a celestial body passes in front of another, thus hiding the other from view. For observers from Earth, on June 19, Venus will seem to disappear behind the moon’s illuminated side and then re-emerge from behind the moon’s dark side. Venus will appear about 7% illuminated, and its crescent will be covered by a 3% illuminated crescent Moon.

( Find out the occultation times for your part of the world in the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )



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