Conjunction in the West – Venus & Moon

There will be a conjunction of the planet Venus and a thin crescent Moon in the western sky at sunset this weekend.

Venus will appear as the brightest object in the sky and will be seen hanging above the Moon as they move toward the horizon in the western sky at about 9pm. On Saturday, the Moon will be only 5% illuminated, and just slightly more at 10% on Sunday.

The Moon passes Venus when it returns to the evening sky. (The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here.) Image: S&T

A conjunction is an astronomy term used to explain that, as seen from Earth, two objects appear near one another in the sky. In this case, it’s the planet Venus and our Moon.

A small telescope or a even pair of steady binoculars are all that’s needed to give you a better view of the Moon and the brilliant planet.

Also look out for Earth-shine – sunlight reflected from the Earth shines back onto the dark surface areas of the Moon, allowing us to see them.

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Posted on 14 May, 2010, in Astronomy News, Observing News, Popular Science. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Conjunction in the West – Venus & Moon.

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