Venus will disappear behind the Moon for about an hour on November 9th for viewers in some parts of the world. We will explain what these lunar eclipses are and how and when this happens.
What is a lunar eclipse of Venus?
On November 9th, the Moon will pass between Earth and Venus, and Venus will hide behind the Moon for about an hour before reappearing on the other side. The phenomenon, known as a lunar eclipse of Venus, will be visible from most parts of Europe, western Russia, Greenland, and parts of North Africa and western Asia. For others, the two bodies simply pass close together.
What time is it happening?
The eclipse occurs during the day in the region where it is visible, but exactly when it occurs varies by location. For example, it is scheduled to start in London at around 9:45 a.m. local time, in Paris at around 10:50 a.m. local time, and in Tromsø, Norway at around 10:26 a.m. local time.Use software like Stellarium or a website like In the sky Find out exactly when occultation begins at your location.
How to view this event
The best way to observe Venus is to find it about 20 minutes before the eclipse begins.This is what the planet will look like Near the moon is a small crescent moon that is only 15% illuminated. Venus is directly below and to the left of the Moon.
Since it is daytime, it may be easier to spot Venus if you use binoculars or a small telescope. However, when using such devices during the day, be careful not to look too close to the sun..
Once you find a planet, you can watch it move towards the moon and eventually pass behind it. About an hour later, Venus will reappear on the opposite side of the moon, slightly higher in the sky than when it disappeared.
When will the next lunar eclipse of Venus occur?
They are rare and each can only be seen in certain regions of the world. This is because a phenomenon called parallax causes the moon to look slightly different depending on where you are on Earth.
The next lunar eclipse of Venus will be in April 2024 and will be primarily visible from parts of North America. It will be visible from Europe again in September 2025.
oldest The last recorded lunar eclipse of Venus was in July 1476.by Abraham Zacuto, a medieval polymath who worked as the Royal Astronomer to the King of Portugal at the time.