Friday, May 14, 2010

Venus Has a Nice Encounter with the Moon, Sunday May 16, 2010

The evening sky facing north-west in Australia on Sunday May 16 2010 at 6:00 pm local time showing Venus and the Moon.

Venus has a rather lovely encounter with the thin crescent Moon this Sunday evening. Night of the "Smiley Fritz" it is not, but with the thin Crescent Moon just below Venus, the pair between the two brightish stars that make the horns of Taurus the Bull (Elnath and Zeta Tauri), and with Orion nearby, this should be very beautiful.

Start watching around half an hour after Sunset. Venus and the Moon will be obvious. As the twilight deepens, the other stars will slowly begin to emerge from the twilight glow, building up the display. Elsewhere in the world (Indonesia, South-East Asia, India, Northern Africa), Venus will be covered by the Moon.
EDIT: pictures now up here.


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