This bright celestial phenomenon— dubbed “The Kiss” — occurs when the crescent moon appears to sit below the Aries Constellation with Venus to its side.
The moon is often associated with love and romance, which mostly happens to appear in romantic movies or during “rare occurrences,” such as “the kiss.”
For you to witness this rare romantic celestial “kiss,” cast your eyes to the night sky o February 27 and 28 to see Venus and the Moon meet—and ‘kiss!’
But if you missed it, don’t worry as this rare phenomenon will happen again in a month.
In the last days of March 2020 (especially on March 28), the crescent moon will again creep up close to Venus for a very similar show.
Although it appears like the pair is side-by-side, Venus is actually 84 million miles from Earth, and the moon is 249,892 miles away.
At this particular time, Venus is moving closer to the moon, and although the two travel on different orbits, they tend to follow the same path, which makes them appear closer to each other.
This planet is also climbing higher in the night sky at the moment. On March 9, 2020, it’ll be close to the planet Uranus (though powerful binoculars or a telescope will be necessary to see the seventh planet from the Sun).
Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is also referred to as the ‘evening star.’
When it’s this bright, the Earth is currently in the middle of an ‘apparition’ of Venus, which is the time when it’s the furthest from the Sun. And it’ll shine at its brightest through June 2020, when it’ll be at its furthest away.
The moon, as we all know, is simply the lunar surface reflecting the Sun.
During its 29.5 days orbit around Earth, we can see the various phases, waxing as the new moon ends until the full moon, after which it wanes, repeating the cycle.
On Sunday, February 23, the moon was ‘new,’ meaning it was roughly between Earth and the Sun, and we couldn’t see it at all.
However, as the moon orbits around the Earth, we begin to see the side of it as it creates a crescent moon. This is visible in the western sky for several days after its ‘new’ stage.
As the waxing moon grows to the full moon on Monday, March 9, it’ll be the last full moon of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, a phenomenon called the ‘Super Worm Moon.’