Image Credit: Iván Éder

This image shows Venus and the Moon mimicking the same crescent shape.

The first object that likely caught your eye – the small bright crescent – is Venus. To its right, in a much larger sweeping arch, is the crescent moon. Since both objects go through phases, and both objects are is the same alignment in our sky, both are in the same phase as one another in this fantastic paring.

Venus is visible to the naked eye in the daytime if you know exactly where to look. The apparent magnitude of the moon ranges between -2.5 and -12.9, while Venus ranges between -4.6 and -3.8. The brightness (obviously) depends on the phase of the object, so it is possible for Venus to appear brighter than the Moon in the sky.

The image was taken moments before the Moon eclipsed Venus, only for the planet to reemerge a few hours later on the opposite side. This image was captured by Iván Éder.


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