Venus - Lunar Occultation
Incredible time lapse by Kwon O Chul of the celestial event last month. It’s almost like watching a scene from some unknown realm with the dreamlike lights of Korea glowing beneath the clouds. The dawn that follows is just as magical.
Rising in the dark hours before dawn, wandering Venus now shines as the brilliant morning star. Its close conjunction with the Moon on August 13 was appreciated around planet Earth. But skygazers in eastern Asia were also treated to a lunar occultation, the waning crescent Moon passing directly in front of the bright planet in still dark skies.
Photo by Kwon, O Chul via APOD
When the morning twilight arrives in Korea in this view of 16 June 2011, the full moon enters the Earth’s shadow. This multi-exposure image shows the setting eclipsed moon above the skyline of Seoul.
The Milky Way shines above a sea of clouds covering nearby towns and villages in Geumsan County of South Korea. The view is captured from Mount Daedunsan.