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Friday, November 18, 2005


Venus and Nunki

If you looked into the western sky tonight, the "handle" of the "teapot" of Sagittarius would have looked odd. Venus was substituted for Nunki, the bright star in the handle. Actually, Nunki was still there, only 12' away (about a quarter of a Moon diameter away) and very hard to see in Venuses glare. In this image Nunki (sigma Sagittarii) is the dot to the right of Venus (the brightest dot in the field) in the thumbnail you can just see the other stars of the handle, they are easier to see tin the larger size version (click on the thumbnail to view)

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