Moon – Venus Conjunction

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   On Monday and Tuesday mornings before sunrise look toward the east to see the waning crescent Moon move past the planet Venus. On Monday morning, 23 June, the Moon will be up to the right from Venus. Then after 24 hours of Earth rotation combined with how far the Moon moves east during the same time period – Tuesday morning, 24 June – the two will form an striking conjunction less than 2o apart as this graphic set for Tuesday morning shows. With a pair of 7×50 binoculars you can easily see not only the Moon and Venus but a slight shift up to the left and the bright stars of the Pleiades will be in the field of view as well.
   The conjunction on Tuesday morning offers an opportunity for some ‘backyard’ astro-photography that could include the Moon, Venus, and the Pleiades — weather permitting!

Click on picture to see it full size.

Click on picture to see it full size.

Update: Tuesday 24 June – weather here finally cooperated with only a few clouds on the horizon and some wispy cirrus high overhead. This is a cropped portion from the original. Camera specs. f8; 1/13 sec.; ISO-800; 123 mm.

   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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