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Venus Occultation by the Moon

Geography | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Watch Venus slip behind the Moon

  • On February 26, the moon will eclipse Venus.
  • India will see the Venus occultation at 5 AM.
  • The moon on this day will be a crescent shape.
  • Venus will disappear behind the brighter side of moon and then reappear from the other, darker side of the moon.
  • The moon is the second brightest and Venus is the third brightest star in the sky.
  • So, they can be seen with the naked eye from Earth.
  • When the moon is orbiting the earth, it passes in front of the orbit of planet Venus.
  • Very rarely, the moon comes directly in line with the orbit of Venus and hides the bright planet.
  • The moon hides Venus for a few seconds and then continues on its path, revealing the planet again.

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