The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Venus and the Moon Again…

Venus and the Moon are in the process of another nice encounter after sunset tonight.  Had to get out and snap some pictures since I haven’t done that in a while.  Here is what it looked like from Tucson.

It will still be pretty good tomorrow night.  The Moon will move higher in the sky and be above Venus.

Being so close in the sky together, it is a good time to try and see Venus during the day.  I have blogged about this before.  If you can find the Moon, Venus will be a little closer to the Sun.  Scan slowly with your eyes.  You really have to look directly at Venus to see it (when its image falls on the most sensitive part of your retina called the fovea).  It can difficult to find, but pops right out when you hit it.  Another hint: stand so the Sun is behind a building.  If you do this, you can even try to find it with binoculars (be sure the Sun is totally hidden behind the building so there is no chance you can accidentally view it!)  As long as the Sun is hidden, you can even get a picture of Venus during the day!

June 15, 2010 - Posted by | Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System

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