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Sunday, November 03, 2013

 

Venus in the Heart of the Galaxy

Venus near the heart of the galaxy. Image is a stack of 10x60 second exposures at ASA 400 with my Canon IXUS. Stacked in DeepSky Stacker. Click to embiggen (WARNING 7 Mb file, but it's worth it)Close-up showing Venus near the Triffid Nebula and M7. Image is a stack of 10x60 second exposures at ASA 400 with my Canon IXUS at 3x Zoom. Stacked in DeepSky Stacker. Click to embiggen (WARNING 7 Mb file, but it's worth it)

Venus has several close encounters with various beautiful clusters and bright stars in Sagittarius this month.

On the 2nd Venus was two finger-widths from the galactic centre, and now it passes into the star clouds of Sagittarius.

Printable back and white chart of Venus's travels this month.

Venus passes within binocular distance of the beautiful cluster M21 and the Lagoon and Triffid nebulas between the 3rd-6th (see images above).

On November 11 Venus and the bright star Kaus Borealis are less than 2 finger-widths apart. The dim globular cluster M28 is clse as well.

On November 11 Venus and the bright globular cluster M22 are within binocular distance of each other.

On the 16th Venus is a finger-width from the bright star phi Sagittarii. On the 19th Venus is much less than a finger-width from the bright star Nunki, they may be hard to tell apart with the unaided eye.

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