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Saturday, March 07, 2009

 

Farewell Fantastic Venus!

Venus is very low on the western horizon now, a mere three fingerwidths above the horizon half an hour after sunset. In one week it has swelled in size and become a really thin crescent, potentially observable in even 10x50 binoculars (provided you have good optics).

The next few days will be your last chance to see crescent Venus before it disappears into the glow of twilight. Do have a look, and remember, it was Galileo's discovery of the phases of Venus that finally demolished the Ptolomeic geocentric universe.

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