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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Crescent Venus and the Crescent Moon, 26 and 27 February 2014

Morning sky on Wednesday February 26 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:45 am ACDST in South Australia.  Crescent Venus is well above the horizon with the crescent Moon just above. Mercury is low on the horizon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).Morning sky on Thursday February 27 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 am ACDST in South Australia.   The crescent Moon is below Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

Crescent Venus is very close to the crescent Moon on February 26, and not far from the Crescent Moon on February 27. This is an excellent opportunity for astrophotography.

Africa, India and parts of South-East Asia will see an occultation of Venus on the 26th. For India and South East Asia this will be a daytime occultation.

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Comments:
Thanks Ian
It was pretty just before sunrise. I didn't have my binoculars to perceive Venus as a crescent. All of the obvious planets in the morning sky except Jupiter !
 
I was able to catch the pair briefly before cloud closed over and it rained, no binocular views either sadly.

Saw all the planets sans Jupiter lined up yesterday morning, does look impressive.

Cheers! Ian
 
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