Moon and Venus
A beautiful celestial phenomenom will take place before dawn today, when the moon and Venus will appear in close proximity to each other, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said yesterday. The tight conjunction of the two heavenly bodies would occur at 3:42am and the planet and moon are expected to approach within 0.56 degrees of each other, a museum researcher said. Although a moon-Venus conjunction is not rare in itself, conditions for observation are expected to be the most favorable in years, the museum said. “They will look like a big moon and a small moon positioned side by side,” a museum researcher said. When the celestial event takes place, a slender waning moon and a magnitude -4.5 Venus will both have their bright sides facing down. This will be a great time for stargazers to take unique photos.
Councilor’s status revoked
The Kaohsiung District Court yesterday revoked the status of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Greater Kaohsiung councilor Chang Sheng-fu (張勝富) following accusations of vote buying. Chang was accused by his campaign rival of giving his supporters NT$500 - NT$1,000 in exchange for their participation in his campaign events in October 2010. His rival filed a civil suit with the district court to nullify Chang’s election. The district court yesterday revoked Chang’s status. It said Chang could appeal the ruling with the Taiwan High Court’s Kaohsiung branch. Chang yesterday claimed his innocence and said he intends to appeal the ruling.