Daylight Occultation of Venus by the Moon

Article written: 13 Sep , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

On September 11, 2010 South Africa had an amazing view of a full daylight occultation of Venus by the Moon, and Kerneels Mulder captured it, and shared it with Universe Today. He sent us this video created from the images he took of the event, and below is a composite look at all the images, showing Venus as it reappears from behind the Moon.

“The occultation happened in full daylight, with the Moon only 40° from the Sun, making it difficult to capture detailed images,” Mulder wrote us. “Venus disappeared behind the dark side of the Moon at around 14:20 (GMT+2) and reappeared on the bright side of the Moon at 15:54 (GMT+2).”

Mulder said the sight was amazing. “With the naked eye Venus was easily visible as a bright dot close to the crescent Moon. The 3.5” refractor used during imaging showed an even more awe-inspiring view with both the crescents of the Venus and the Moon visible in the same field of view.”


3 Responses

  1. Dave Finton says

    Awesome. That background music made me think, “LOOK OUT! IT’S COMING TO GET US! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!”

  2. SteveZodiac says

    My God yes! Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli is occulted! We are all doomed!

  3. Craig says

    i dont see the video, but i can see the pics… thats amazing.

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