KEY POINTS

  • The Moon and Venus will meet in the sky on Thursday
  • Venus and the Moon are the brightest objects in the night sky
  • The same cosmic event will happen on March 28

Venus and the Moon are about to put on a wonderful celestial event that will be visible from Earth. This week, the two cosmic bodies will meet and “share a kiss” in the sky.

The celestial event is expected to happen on Thursday, Feb. 27. Experts noted that it would begin at around 45 minutes after sunset.

Venus, which is one of the brightest objects in the sky, will move closer to the Moon this week due to their natural orbits. Although these two cosmic objects have different orbits, they follow the same path in the sky, which is known as the ecliptic.

This is a plane in the Solar System where other planets and natural satellites orbit.  From Earth’s perspective on Thursday, Venus and the Moon will appear to pass close to one another. But, in reality, the planet will be about 84 million miles from Earth. The Moon, on the other hand, sits about 250,000 miles away from the planet.

During the event, the bright Venus will appear next to the Moon. The same phenomenon is expected to happen again on March 28, Unilad reported.

According to planetary scientist Bill Dunford of NASA, the Moon will appear in its crescent form on Thursday. To catch the celestial meet-up, Dunford suggested looking to the southwest. From here, the Moon will appear just below the Aries constellation. Beside it would be Venus, which would appear like a bright and massive star in the sky.

Dunford noted that it probably wouldn’t be that hard to spot Venus since the planet and the Moon are the two brightest objects in the sky after the Sun. Once the Sun sets, these two objects will become more prominent.

“The couple forms the second and third brightest body in the sky this week, behind the Sun, of course. But once that hot head is out of the picture, the couple approaches again on Thursday night, when the crescent moon will pass to Venus,” Dunford stated.

“Once again, about 45 minutes after sunset and looking approximately to the southwest, you will see the couple at the most intense moment of their astral tango, aligning close enough to be almost a cheek in the sky,” he continued.

The moon moves in front of the sun during the start of the rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse in Jakarta The moon moves in front of the sun during the start of the rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse in Jakarta Photo: AFP / BAY ISMOYO