Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Final Venus-Moon Conjunction of 2010

southwestern sky, 10:20 UT



Happy 10-10-10! 🙂

For Philippine sky observers, don’t forget to spot the thin crescent moon later near Venus. Both the Moon and Venus will be low in the southwest as darkness begins to fall.

The brilliant planet Venus – the “evening star” – will be just a few degrees above the horizon at sunset, and will set soon afterward, so the viewing window will be slim. It will hang just beneath the crescent Moon. The planet Mars can be found just a little above these two. You may use binoculars to look for these objects hiding in the bright twilight.

This will be the final pairing of the moon and the planet Venus in the evening sky until the autumn of 2011. 

Clear skies!

4 responses

  1. Michael

    We see in the news that your country is being hit by an unusually powerful typhoon, praying that you’re all doing okay.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    • Hi there! 🙂

      The typhoon is currently moving away from the country today. Thank God we were all safe and the casualty this time is just minimal, given that Megi is a strong typhoon.

      Thanks for the prayers. Hope you’re doing fine as well.

      Do you have any plans of observing Comet Hartley this month?

      Me and some fellows from my astronomical organization is planning a trip to the southern part of the country to observe the peak of the Orionids this week.

      October 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

  2. Michael

    I realize this is off-topic, but I’m happy to report that October 17 is nearly over in the USA, and the normal light/dark cycle is so far completely undisturbed. I trust that you’re not surprised! :O)

    October 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

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