Sunset With Venus

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Say hello to the first sunset picture of 2007, and look! As an extra added bonus, there’s Venus, saying hello. This is the first really clear sunset we’ve had in a while, which is kind of frustrating for me, since I had been hoping to see Comet McNaught earlier in the month. I suppose I may have a chance again once the comet gets a little bit of a distance from the sun again. In the meantime Venus is putting on a pretty nice show.

15 thoughts on “Sunset With Venus

  1. I’m afraid McNaught is going to stay below the ecliptic now that it’s rounded the sun, and will never again be visible from the northern hemisphere.

  2. Someone on Making Light said they managed to see McNaught in daylight! When I read that, I tried to see it the next day, without success. I’m bummed: the Great Comet of 2007, and I missed it.

  3. Pluto’s making a comeback!

    You can’t keep a good planet down! Or out. Or whatever…

    I don’t go to scientific conferences, but I’m tempted by some of those mentioned in the article. Just to see the fur fly.

  4. What a beautiful picture! And Veuns being there makes it extra cool, altough I didn’t really register it until you pointed it out. :)

  5. Yep, my 3 & 6 year old kids both know that the first, brightest star they see in the evening is NOT a star, but actually the planet Venus.

    My daughter keeps wanting to know when Mars is going to be close enough to see in the night sky….(without working too hard, that is. The other year when it was bright orange in the sky every night was cool).

  6. Randy wrote:

    My daughter keeps wanting to know when Mars is
    going to be close enough to see in the night
    sky….(without working too hard, that is. The
    other year when it was bright orange in the skyevery night was cool).

    She’ll have a while to wait. Mars is currently
    in the morning sky, rising a little before 5:30 AM
    at my latitude, +34 N. Currently at +1.4 magnitue
    it’s a somewhat tough object for the naked eye
    in the pre dawn sky.

    Mars will be an easy Thanksgiving/Christmas object, reaching oposition on the 24th of Dec. It won’t be as bright as the close summer opposition in 2003 which is likely what you are remembering. But at -1.6 magnitude, quite bright (Sirius -1.4). Note that the moon is almost full on the night of the 24th.

    While it doesn’t get the press that Mars does,
    Jupiter is in oposition on the 5th of June. It will be at magnitude -2.6 and trivially easy; just
    don’t confuse Venus (-4.2) in the Western sky with Jupiter in the Southeastern sky during the early evening.

    George

  7. You’re upset about missing the comet? I’m in New Zealand, and I’ve up and down the South Island over the last three weeks, and I still haven’t seen it! I’ve been trailing cloud behind me like veil. Sigh.

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