Joe Rao's The Moon, Venus Reunite in Night Sky Wednesday

News 12's Joe Rao talks about a beautiful celestial tableau that's viewable tonight and tomorrow evening.

As darkness is falling Wednesday and Thursday evenings (Jan. 25 and 26), be sure to take a look toward the west-southwest part of the sky for yet another beautiful celestial tableau formed by a lovely crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus, virtually a repeat of their post-Christmas night get together. 

On Wednesday, the moon will be about 9 degrees below and to the right of Venus, while on Thursday night, it will have shifted to a position about 7 degrees above and to Venus' right.

These Venus-moon rendezvous occur on roughly a monthly schedule. Indeed, if Venus were stationary and did not appear to move against the starry background, then a Venus-moon encounter would occur every 27 days, 7 hours and 43 minutes. This is called a "sidereal month," which is the length of time it takes the moon to circle the Earth once, using the background stars as a reference point. 

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elaine January 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
what's coming up in february?


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