Moon eclipses Venus
Caution -- The sun will be just about 12 degrees east of the moon and one must take extra care while pointing their binoculars towards.
Looking at the sun directly, can cause permanent/irreversible damages to eye/ratina
Timings of Disappearance and reappearance for cities in India
Some past events:
The event when the moon comes directly between the earth and a distant celestial body is technically called occultations. Solar eclipse is, technically an occultation of the sun by the moon, however we identify the event as 'eclipse'
Occultation of Venus or other planets by the Moon are not very rare event though. The Moon does occults planets every now and then. On April 14, 2007, the Moon occulted Mars. It occulted Mars again on May 10, 2008. The disappearance and reappearance were recorded at IUCAA.
On November 10, 2004, India witnessed occultation of Venus by the Moon in the pre dawn hours. That morning Venus disappeared at the brighter limb of the Moon.
On June 18, 2007 Venus was occulted by the moon. It was soon after the sunset. Do visit this link for some very nice images of the event.
Day time events - The above events were seen when the sun was still below the horizon and the sky was dark. There were other events which took place during the day time.
On May 29, 2003 India witnessed a day time occultation of Venus by the Moon, that is the disappearing and reappearing act took place when the Sun was above the horizon.
The event that was
widely observed from
Indian was double occultation of Jupiter and Venus. It took place on April 23,
1998. The event took place around 1:30 p.m. local time. Many had claimed that
they could see Jupiter with their naked eyes, close to the brighter limb of
The earlier double occultation of Venus and Jupiter that took place was on August 18, 567 AD. It was visible over the Indian Ocean.
On April 23rd, 1998 Mr Suhas Gujar from Pune took series of pictures using his PANTAX camera loaded with Kodak 200 ISO colour film.
The photograph on the right was taken him just before dawn of the day. The two 'dots' are Venus and Jupiter. The brighter one is Venus.
For this picture he used 300 mm lens
The pictures below were taken just before Venus disappeared behind the moon. The first photograph was clicked at 14:17 hrs just when a bird was seen projected over the lunar disk. Venus was occulted shortly after the second photograph was taken a minute later at 14:18 hrs. He 800 mm lens with the same camera and the film as above.
Suhas Gurjar is an
engineer by profession and avid amateur astronomer.
His interest range from mountaineering to general photography.
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