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The Morning Star Makes an Afternoon Appearance: See Venus During the Day on Monday

Peter Heinzen
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Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA

It's not unusual to sneak a peak of the planet Venus. Observers have been watching what appears to be a bright star shining in the east before sunrise for some time now, but on Monday, the moon and Venus will shine bright enough to be seen in daylight, but only if you know exactly where to look, says Patrick Wiggins, Utah's Solar System Ambassador for NASA.

On August 13, the moon will be easily spotted during the daytime and around 2:00 that afternoon you can look to the upper left of the moon, about 1/3 of the way up the western sky, to get a pretty good glimpse of Venus.

And if you watch for 30 minutes you will see the moon move in front of Venus, an event called a lunar occulation. At 3:39 p.m. the moon will move out of the way again and Venus will reappear on the lower right of the moon.

Wiggins says this occulation and the view of Venus during daylight won't happen again in Utah until 2015.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.