For viewers in many parts of the world, Venus will disappear behind the moon for about an hour on November 9. Here’s what these lunar eclipses are and how and when to see them occur.
What is a lunar eclipse of Venus?
On November 9, the Moon will pass between Earth and Venus, causing Venus to disappear behind the Moon for about an hour before reappearing on the other side of the Moon. The event, known as a lunar eclipse of Venus, will be visible from much of Europe, the western part of Russia, as well as Greenland and parts of North Africa and western Asia. For everyone else, the two bodies will simply pass close to each other.
What time is this happening?
In areas where you can see the Secret event, it will occur during the day, but exactly when it will happen will depend on where you are. For example, it is scheduled to start around 9.45am in London, 10.50am local time in Paris and around 10.26am in Tromsø in Norway. To check when the occultation action will begin in your location, use software like Stellarium or websites like In the Sky.
How to watch this event
The best way to see it is to locate Venus about 20 minutes before the time the cataclysm begins. planet will be Near the Moon, which will be a small crescent, only 15 percent illuminated. Venus will be just below and to the left of the Moon.
Because it occurs during the day, Venus may be easier to find using binoculars or a small telescope. But remember, whenever using such devices during daytime, make sure not to look anywhere near the sun.,
Once you find the planet, you can watch it move toward the moon and eventually pass behind it. About an hour later, Venus will reappear on the other 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 is only visible from certain parts of the world. This is because a phenomenon called parallax causes the Moon to appear in a slightly different part of the sky depending on where you are on Earth.
The next lunar eclipse of Venus will occur in April 2024, which will be primarily visible over parts of North America. It will be visible again from Europe in September 2025.
The earliest recorded lunar eclipse of Venus was in July 1476 by Abraham Zacuto, a medieval polymath who at the time worked as astronomer royal for the King of Portugal.