Moon and Venus Tango

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By Ronald Williams

At sunset on February 25, the crescent moon and Venus began their tango that will last a few days. The pair will move closer again when the waxing moon slides past Venus. To see this dance go out and enjoy a Santa Barbara winter evening about 45 minutes after sunset and look to the southwest. There you'll be able to see the pair dancing cheek to cheek in their astral tango across the sky.

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a-1582843608 Feb 27, 2020 02:46 PM
Moon and Venus Tango

What's up with that new extra moon/asteroid now orbiting the Earth ?

Sagepup Feb 27, 2020 03:15 PM
Moon and Venus Tango

The new Mini moon was captured in earths orbit about 3 years ago, it is between 6-12 feet in diameter, with a very crazy orbital pattern around earth, it is expected to stay with us for a few years then wonder off into the solar system, its name is 2020 CD3.

macpuzl Feb 27, 2020 02:52 PM
Moon and Venus Tango

That happens all the time. Small asteroids that have been tossed into orbits near our distance from the Sun will occasionally get trapped by our gravitational field and be co-orbital for a while, though not actually orbiting the Earth. Eventually, prodded by perturbations from the Moon or Venus, they continue on their way.

macpuzl Feb 27, 2020 02:44 PM
Moon and Venus Tango

In a telescope, you'll be able to see that Venus is only about half illuminated, since it has just swung around to our side of the Sun. In the coming weeks, as Venus catches up to us in its faster orbit, it will grow into a larger, but thinner crescent, getting even brighter. Though less of its cloudy, reflective surface seems illuminated, its distance will drive the brightness. Seeing Venus go through phases like our Moon got Galileo in big trouble 400 years ago.

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