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Is this the moon? No, it’s Venus

Prabhakaran A from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates captured the planet Venus at greatest eastern elongation – 45.9 degrees from the sun on our sky’s dome – on August 17, 2018. We are able to see Venus and Mercury exhibit phases, because their orbits around the sun are inside the orbit of Earth. Thus, sometimes, their lighted faces are turned partly (or entirely) away from us.
August 27, 2018
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