In the early morning sky on April 22, 2009, the Moon passed in front of Venus. This occultation was visible to observers in the western two-thirds of North America. Venus reappeared from behind the Moon's dark limb just before dawn. Venus was a 17 percent illuminated crescent at the time this image was taken, and was a very bright magnitude -4.5. The crescent Moon was 8 percent illuminated.
This image was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera using an image stabilized 300mm zoom lens.
April 22, 2009
Image by Sid Leach
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