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A Daylight Eclipse of Venus

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#101890 by @ 21.06.2007 00:00 - nach oben -
A Daylight Eclipse of Venus


Something was about to happen.

Just two days ago, two of the three celestial objects easily visible during the day appeared to collide.

But actually,
Earth's Moon
passed well in front of the distant
planet Venus.

The occultation was caught from
in the hours before

Moments after this image was taken, the Moon, visible as the crescent on the right of the
above image,
eclipsed Venus, appearing in
gibbous phase on the lower left.

Clouds that once threatened to obscure the
whole event, were visible on the far left.

90 minutes later,
Venus re-appeared just to the right of the
bright crescent.

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#101897 by @ 21.06.2007 14:40 - nach oben -