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Saturday, May 19, 2007


Venus and the Moon Observed

While denizens of the northern hemisphere got to see Venus and the Moon a fairly spectacular one degree apart, we had to make do with a much larger separation.

I got clouded out for most of the evening, but then the clouds parted and I snapped the pair just as they were about to set (hence the lack of any interesting forground or comparison stars). Good Earthshine though.

Spaceweather has a better shot, and a nice gallery of images, including one from Australia taken in daylight!

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I got to see it last Saturday over here in the Southwest desert and it was a spactacular sight. The sky was clear and I gazed at the phenomenon for a long time. It is magnificent how celestial bodies entwine and make a spectacular sight for us to see.
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