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Venus and the Moon

Stargazers were treated to a spectacular and rare show last night after Venus was eclipsed by the moon.

The phenomenon, known as a “planetary occulation”, occurred when the moon came between Venus and the Earth, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.

Online users said the alignment looked like a “smiley-face”.

“Between the horns of the crescent, a ghostly image of the full Moon can be seen,” NASA said in a statement.

“That’s Earthshine, the light of our own planet reflected back toward us by the Moon’s dark terrain.

New Zealanders weren’t able to see the celestial show — it was only visible in southeast Asia a few hours after sunset.

Venus is due to pass between the Earth and the Sun on June 5, 2012.

I wish I could have seen it but I’m in New Zealand so I couldn’t…
Oh well!

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