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Wednesday January 25, 2012 09:23:32 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Sky gazers can look forward to a celestial treat on the evening of Republic Day Thursday, with a conjunction of the Moon and Venus providing for a spectacular sight.

Conjunction refers to two celestial bodies appearing near each other in the sky.

The Moon and Venus will come together in the southwestern sky just after sunset. Also, the crescent Moon will be shining brighter than usual due to earthshine -- or the glow on the dark portion of the crescent Moon.

It is due to the sunlight that reflects off the Earth to the Moon's night side.

We see the Moon because of reflected sunlight, as it does not generate its own light.

"It will be a sight to watch the crescent moon with earthshine and Venus," said Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) director C.B. Devgun.

The celestial event will be visible from all parts of the world.




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