Moon Occults Venus This Evening (May 16)

I totally forgot about this…

If you see this post before sunset today, then you have the chance to see the crescent Moon blocks out (or occults in astronomy term) the planet Venus near the western horizon. If not, then I hope I have some pictures to show you here :). This event is visible in northern Africa, Middle East and southern Asia. Click here for details on timing and locations.

Unfortunately in Kuala Lumpur, the disappearance of Venus behind the Moon is not visible, but in southern Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, you may glimpse Venus disappear behind the Moon because the sky gets dark first in those location. I think the sky is still too bright in KL when the occultation occurs. Even in Johor, the occultation occurs around 7:30 pm, in which sometimes the sky may still be quite bright. For the reappearance of Venus behind the Moon, Malaysia is in the position to witness the event. Just check your location and timing with the same link as above.

You do not need any optical aid to see this; both the Moon and Venus are bright and easily visible to the naked eye. You can also set up a camera to capture the event. It’s quite simple actually, just mount your camera to a tripod, aim and shoot. You can do it even with a compact camera, not necessary an SLR camera, as long as the camera allows you to play around with its setting.

It’s hot and sunny in my place here now, although I can see some clouds start rolling in at the horizon, hopefully the clouds will break and let me enjoy this celestial wonder!

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~ by thChieh on May 16, 2010.

2 Responses to “Moon Occults Venus This Evening (May 16)”

  1. […] läste jag på Moon Occults Venus This Evening (May 16) att månen skulle skymma Venus en stund idag, en sk ockulaiton. För att se det behövde man […]

  2. […] läste jag på Moon Occults Venus This Evening (May 16) att månen skulle skymma Venus en stund idag, en sk ockulaiton. För att se det behövde man […]

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