"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
The Moon and the Planets
IN THE SKY
photo captures that rare astronomical event which occurs when
the Moon's path along the ecliptic takes it in front of another
this case the planet was Mars, and the spectacularly earthlit
crescent moon hung eerily before its occultation victim. The
"extinguishing" of Mars took just over five seconds.
Through telescopes and binoculars the event was very interesting
fairly regular meeting in the sky occurs when the Moon passes
Venus, either in the morning sky or the evening sky. Because
of its brightness, Venus makes a wonderful partner for the Moon.
After eight year, the pattern of meetings repeats itself, something
which may have been recorded in the Stone Age.
slender crescent moon and Venus in twilight. Is this the 'cow
and calf' of ancient myth? The eight-year Moon-Venus interval
was studied at Knowth.
star and crescent is a very ancient symbol. It is featured on
the town crest of Drogheda, which is at the gateway to the historic
MOON AND VENUS:
December 29th, 2000, the bright waxing crescent moon hung high
in the western sky over Ireland, having spent three days hugging
the sun - and in fact eclipsing the sun over parts of northern
America on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, 2000.
when the moon emerged from darkness it was greeted by a bright
"evening star" - Venus. The two planets provided a
spectacular sight to brighten up the dark December nights.
this time Venus was quite high in the evening sky, and was magnitude
minus 4.3, presenting through telescopes a sort of half-globe
resembling the gibbous phase of the Moon. It has often been
said that Venus is bright enough to cast shadows at night -
this is certainly true if one views it from a very dark site.
But Venus can also be tracked during daylight, if one knows
exactly where to look.
next time Venus will be met by the moon high in the western
sky will be around May 2002. In this photo the moon is shining
through a thin veil of high cloud.