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

Peter Heinzen
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.