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PHOTOS: Venus Vanishes Behind the Moon in Monday Sky

Stargazers usually have to wait until after the sun sets before witnessing astronomical events, but Monday was an exception to this when the moon passed in front of Venus.

This event, called a lunar occultation, is not an extremely rare event, but to be able to see an occultation, you need to be in the right place at the right time.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel, Venus has passed behind the moon several times this year, but Monday was the first time that it was visible in the United States.

While some people were able to spot this with the naked eye, the best views came through a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

Once the moon moved in front of Venus, it took a little over an hour for the planet to emerge from the other side.

Many people across North America were able to view the event; however, clouds were too think for many too view the occultation in the Pacific Northwest and around cities such as Chicago and Miami.

This occultation is just one of many astronomical events that will take place this winter, with the next being the Geminid meteor shower, set to peak this weekend.


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