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Old 18th June 2007, 21:40   #1
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Default Venus occultation.. Visible right NOW!

At first i thought today was Eid or something.
Just realised this is a very rare phenomenon.
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Pray, the weather doesn’t play a spoilsport tonight. It if does, you will be deprived of an opportunity to watch a breathtaking celestial event. On the night of June 18, the city will be able to see, with naked eyes, a dance of two brightest objects in the sky, the Venus and the moon. The moon will move in front of Venus, hiding it from the city. The event is called the “lunar occultation of Venus”.

“The lunar occultation is a routine celestial event, but it’s beautiful to observe,” says Dr Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium. Unlike other celestial objects, stars and planets, the moon is very close to the earth, and hence appears to be the biggest object in the night sky. As it travels across the horizon, the moon usually comes between the earth and a celestial object, thus blocking the view of the latter from the earth. But the object that gets hidden is usually so faint that the occultation is very difficult to notice. And this is why the occultation of Venus is a special event for the astronomy enthusiasts, say experts.
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Default bad luck for keralites!

Its heavily pouring down and the sky is tooo cloudy now!! Bad luck!
you guys enjoy the situation dude!!
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Is it visible to other Pune guys? From my home, all I can see is the reddish sky.
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yeah even i saw it from Cal - the sky is quite clear here.
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I saw it today evening, but could appreciate it only now after I came to know of its significance. It was a good sight to watch.
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Is it visible to other Pune guys? From my home, all I can see is the reddish sky.
have seen it yesterday night.....the sky was cloudy...the whitish clouds gave an excellent aura to the moon....the occultation looked faboulous

i do not've a SLR cam
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You used flash to capture

Anyways it was nice and the clear sky helped.
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You used flash to capture

Anyways it was nice and the clear sky helped.
It was clicked by my mom while i was away. She doesnt know much about operating the thing. Just uses Auto mode everytime.
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Man i watched it on TV it was great. It was all cloudy yesterday at Chandigarh :(
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Saw it yesterday, its not so rare.
A rarer event where Venus + Regulis(If I am not mistaken) + Moon lined up was witnessed some time back.
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Saw it yesterday, its not so rare.
A rarer event where Venus + Regulis(If I am not mistaken) + Moon lined up was witnessed some time back.
A venus occultation?

Might be a very stupid question. But what is this thing venus occultation thingy?
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