Occultation of Venus by the Moon

November 25, 2020

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Photographer: Aristeidis Bottas 
Summary Author: Aristeidis Bottas 

The photo above shows the Moon and Venus both as thin crescents, a few minutes after the reappearance of our sister planet following its occultation by our lone satellite. Patchy clouds present a more ethereal view of this encounter. An occultation takes place when Earth is in line with two other bodies and one is hidden behind the other. In this case, Venus was eclipsed by the Moon from 9:44:15 - 10:46:12 p.m. (UTC+2) on June 19, 2020. Photo taken near Brussels, Belgium at 10:50 p.m. when the Moon lunation was 27.72 days and its illumination just 3.5 percent. Venus' respective illumination was 8 percent.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera; SCT 9.25 inch' telescope; F=2350; f/10; ISO 100; 1/320 second exposure; processing in Adobe Photoshop CS and 2020.