Venus to reach ‘greatest brightness’ on Dec. 8 — PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — Venus will be seen in the sky for the most part of December as it reaches its “greatest brightness” on Dec. 8, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said.

“For the whole month of December, Venus can be observed in the southwestern part of the sky after sunset. However, in late December, Venus may be already difficult to observe as it is just a few degrees above the horizon,” according to the state weather bureau’s astronomical diary.

PAGASA said the “close pairing” between the moon and Venus will be visible from 5:42 p.m. to 8:13 p.m. on Dec. 7.

At 12:09 a.m. on Dec. 8, Venus will reach its greatest brightness.

It added that there will also be a moon-Saturn conjunction at the southwestern horizon between 5:42 p.m. to 9:17 p.m. on Dec. 8.

There will also be a moon-Jupiter conjunction at 5:42 p.m. on Dec. 9.

“These Moon-planetary conjunctions can be seen through the naked eye or using a pair of binoculars,” said PAGASA. “Please do note that the separation of the above-mentioned conjunctions is too wide to fit in the field of view of a telescope.”

In astronomy, a conjunction is an apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies.