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Dec 1 2008: Moon eclipses Venus in Europe

Space Weather News for Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
 
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look south. Beaming through the twilight is one of the prettiest things you’ll ever see–a tight three-way conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon. The event is visible from all parts of the world, even from light-polluted cities. People in New York and Hong Kong will see it just as clearly as astronomers watching from remote mountaintops. Only cloudy weather or a midnight sun (sorry Antarctica!) can spoil the show.

The great conjunction offers something extra to Europeans. For more than an hour on Monday evening, the crescent Moon will actually eclipse Venus. Astronomers call such an event a “lunar occultation.” Venus emerging from the dark edge of the Moon is a remarkably beautiful sight. Sky watchers across Europe will be able to see this happen.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos, webcasts and more information.

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  1. Glad you saw this rare conjunction, dhconcerts, and thanks for commenting…44 years to go till the next one! jude ;p

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    judecowell

    December 4, 2008 at 4:51 am

  2. This was a great description of what we saw Monday night.

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    dhconcerts

    December 4, 2008 at 4:36 am

  3. Bob, thanks for the heads-up on Claire Courts’ blog – have added it to Stars Over Washington and next add will be here! Her post on the Moon-Venus-Jupiter alignment is soothing! ;p

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    judecowell

    December 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm

  4. Oh bgaugler, please don’t wait for the next such alignment to make romance or you’ll be waiting 44 years! jude ;p

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    judecowell

    December 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm

  5. Linda Lou, you have a beautiful place there to view the heavens! Thanks for commenting, jude ;p

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    judecowell

    December 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

  6. A (rare) romantic moment with my wife. 😉

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    bgaugler

    December 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm

  7. It was beautiful over the Rockies in Colorado. I would have loved to see it from Europe!

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    Linda (Lou)

    December 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm


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