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Moon passes Venus, October 2016

Nighttime’s 2 brightest objects, near each other! Photos from around the world, here.

These photos of the moon and Venus are posted by time and longitude, with the newest ones on the top. In other words, if you start at the bottom and go up, one by one, you’ll see the moon pass Venus over the past couple of evenings – October 2 and 3, 2016 – as seen from around the globe.

Moon and Venus setting over San Bernardino, California, October 3, 2016, by Lyle Evans.

Moon and Venus setting over San Bernardino, California, October 3, 2016, by Lyle Evans.

Moon and Venus at sunset. Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, by April Singer.

Moon and Venus at sunset. Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. By April Singer.

Hector Barrios in Hermosillo, Mexico caught Venus and the moon on October 3.

Hector Barrios in Hermosillo, Mexico caught Venus and the moon on October 3.

The moon and Venus from Weatherly, Pennsylvania by Tom Wildoner of LeisurelyScientist.com.

The moon and Venus from Weatherly, Pennsylvania by Tom Wildoner of LeisurelyScientist.com.

Venus and the moon from Madrid, Spain by Annie Lewis.

Venus and the moon from Madrid, Spain by Annie Lewis.

Venus and moon seen from France, by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann.

Venus and moon seen from France, by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann.

Venus and moon over Switzerland, October 3, by OMladyO.

Venus and moon over Switzerland, October 3, by OMladyO.

Adrian Alonge in Ibadan, Nigeria wrote:

Adrian Alonge in Ibadan, Nigeria wrote: “The moon & Venus seen hanging out above the city this evening. It was a nice, calming sight.” The orientation of the 2 objects is a bit different here because Adrian is in the Southern Hemisphere.

Venus and moon over the church at Meteora, Greece, October 3, by Aimilianos Gkekas.

Venus and moon over the church at Meteora, Greece, October 3, by Aimilianos Gkekas.

Venus and moon over Athens, Greece, October 3, by Nikolaus Pantazis.

Venus and moon over Athens, Greece, October 3, by Nikolaus Pantazis.

Moon and Venus compete with ground lights in Singapore, October 2, 2016 - by A. Kannan.

Moon and Venus compete with ground lights in Singapore, October 3, by A. Kannan.

Venus and moon over Malaysia, October 3, by Azya Matsumoto.

Venus and moon over Malaysia, October 3, by Azya Matsumoto.

Zefri Besar in Brunei Darussalam - Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in 2 distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea - caught Venus, the moon, Saturn and Mars on the night of October 3, 2016.

Zefri Besar in Brunei Darussalam – a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea – caught Venus, the moon, Saturn and Mars on the night of October 3, 2016.

Moon and Venus on October 2 in Lone Rock WI. Photo by John Heasley of Driftless Stargazing.

Moon and Venus on October 2 in Lone Rock WI. Photo by John Heasley of Driftless Stargazing.

Robert Pettengill in Austin, Texas wrote on October 2:

Robert Pettengill in Austin, Texas wrote on October 2: “Sometimes the little camera you have with you is just the right tool. The Austin City Limits Music festival brings to gather hundreds of thousands of music fans, and hundreds of bands on eight stages for six days of music in Austin, Texas. The crescent moon and Venus put on a spectacular display on the closing night of the first weekend of the festival.”

Deborah Byrd

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