Observers in Western Africa, parts of India, and Southeast Asia, will see the 25 day old waning crescent Moon occult the planet Venus as the two rise in the east. The occultation begins at approximately 4:30 UT on Wednesday 26 February when Venus disappears behind the Moon, and ending with the reappearance of Venus about an hour later. An occultation of a planet by the Moon happens when the Moon passes between our line of sight of a planet and that planet – sort of like a lunar eclipse. However unlike a lunar eclipse the occultation is only visible from a narrow area across the Earth much like the shadow path for a total solar eclipse. If you are not in the occultation path then you will only see the Moon in conjunction (close) to the planet. This animated graphic is set to 1-minute intervals and shows the occultation from 4:30 UT to 5:30 UT.
Venus and the Moon. 6am CST 25-26 February
At the time of the occultation in my timezone of USA Central Time (CST) the Moon and Venus occultation is at 11 pm CST which means that for my location as well as much of the rest of the world will only see a Moon Venus conjunction. This animated graphic shows the morning skies at 6 am CST on both the the 25th and 26th of February. During that two day time period the Moon is conjunction with Venus both mornings.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.