ANDHRA PRADESH

Sky to host celestial event on June 18

Staff Reporter



Both Moon and Venus are the brightest objects and it’s easy to watch from any place



HYDERABAD: Coming Monday will have the sky hosting a celestial event when Moon occults the planet Venus starting around 8 p.m.

According to the Y. Ravi Kiron, Coordinator, Association of Hyderabad Amateur Astronomers, occultation is a phenomenon that takes place when a much larger object completely covers a smaller one in the sky.

Crescent

“After sunset on June 18, we can see the crescent Moon in the western sky and little towards the east and Venus will also rise. However, as the time passes, Moon will slowly drift towards Venus,” he says.

Start disappearing

Around 9.38 p.m., Venus will start disappearing into the darker portion of the Moon and within few seconds it becomes invisible.

The event continues for a long time and then, Venus emerges out from the brighter side of the Moon, he explains.

“However, we cannot see the complete event from here, as they both together sets by 9.58 p.m.,” Mr. Kiron says.

The event is better visible in the north western parts of the country.

No telescope

“Both Moon and Venus are the brightest objects in the night sky and this event of celestial hide and seek is very easy to watch from any place. There is no need of a telescope or a binocular,” he says adding, “only thing is that we should have a clear sky.”



Both Moon and Venus are the brightest objects and it’s easy to watch from any place





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