You Can See Venus & The Moon "Kiss" Tonight Over Florida
A romance fit for the heavens!
As if a sky full of glittering stars wasn’t romantic enough already, we’ll actually get to witness two celestial bodies “kiss” tonight, Thursday, February 27. As long as the clouds stay parted, we’ll be able to glimpse a shining Venus meet with Earth’s moon as they appear to pass each other in a romantic embrace in the Florida skies. Your view of the moon and venus "kissing" from Florida will be truly out of this world.
About 45 minutes after sunset, if you fix your gaze to the southwest, the display should be visible.
So, what exactly is going on with these two heavenly love birds? Venus is currently going through an “apparition,” which means it’s at the point where it’s furthest from the sun and also shining its brightest.
Referred to as the “evening star” when at this stage, it’s predicted to stay this bright through June 2020.
As for our moon, as she exits her new moon stage, she starts to form an elegant crescent shape.
As the two celestial bodies overlap, at least from our perspective, on their ecliptic paths through the sky, it will appear as though they are almost touching.
In reality, Venus will actually be about 84 million miles from Earth, while our moon is about 249,892 miles from us.
Maybe they’re in a long-distance relationship? Or maybe humans just have a habit of projecting our feelings onto nonhuman things.
Who can say?
Regardless, it’s sure to be a sight to see, but if you’re going to miss tonight’s show in the sky, don’t worry.
The crescent moon will once again show its love for Venus as they pass by again next month on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
The moon is climbing higher and higher into the night sky as the weeks pass, and on March 9, it will even be super close to Uranus.
While we’ll be able to see Venus and the moon meet with our naked eyes, this occasion would require powerful binoculars or a telescope to witness.
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Theis an especially good place to watch the night sky, as it is removed from local light pollution and designated as Florida’s first Dark Sky Park.
So, grab some popcorn and a blanket and cozy up for the show!