Monday, June 14, 2010

Venus near the Moon, June 15, 2010

Evening sky looking North-west showing Venus, the Moon, and bright stars at 6:30 pm local time on Tuesday June 15. Click to embiggen.

The evening of Tuesday 15th is enlivened by the thin crescent Moon being close to Venus. As the view develops as the twlight deepens, you will see the Moonshine begin to glow against the darkening night.

This is a good opportunity to see Venus in daylight. You must be very careful to make sure you don't look directly at the Sun though. Hide the Sun behind a large object such as a wall or building when looking for Venus. The Moon is around 6 handspans from the Sun, but it is rather thin, and will be hard to see. You way want to try about an hour before sunset to give it your best chance to see the Moon. When you find the Moon, Venus will be seen as a bright dot just below.


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