CRESCENT MOON/ VENUS SHOW

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    If you have a minute (and they haven't set), check out the crescent moon and Venus side by side in the western sky... It isn't often they are this close together.. and only lasts for one night 2/27.

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  • GQjock

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    Feb 28, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    Funny .... I was just running on a treadmill
    and my gym has these big windows and I looked outside and saw the moon
    which was a great big crescent but upside down like a smile and there was a star right under it
    and I said ..... Look it's Cindy Crawford icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 28, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    And it's happening at an auspicious time in the Tibetan calendar - New Year.
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    Feb 28, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    I was walking back to my room and I saw it. Its things like this that make me love the world!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    animanimus saidgorgeous. already pointed it out to a friend when we pulled up to the house after dinner. i wasn't sure if it was a planet or a star but decided on planet because it didn't seem to twinkle.



    Venus is always the brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon.
    At magnitude -4.0- to -4.5 it is really a dazzler.. and always seen in the evening or morning sky since it is closer to the sun than the Earth.
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    Feb 28, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    It was completely overcast here in central Massachusetts tonight. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 28, 2009 9:07 AM GMT
    it was really pretty....venus has been overhead in the morning and evening here for quite some time now. does anyone know how long it will stay this bright?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2009 1:56 PM GMT
    north_runner saidit was really pretty....venus has been overhead in the morning and evening here for quite some time now. does anyone know how long it will stay this bright?


    Well to begin with, Venus is only in the morning OR the evening sky at one time, not both (each represents one side of the planets orbit or the other).
    Venus is extremely bright (the brightest planet) as it is also the closest planet to the Earth (at opposition its about 25 million miles). It maintains its brightness between magnitude -4.0 and about -4.5, but is at its brightest when it is closest (at opposition)... but at that moment it is a thin crescent as seen through a telescope (since it is closer to the sun than the Earth).
    It is almost as bright when it is a greater distance, but more of the disk is visible...

    I remember doing discussion when I was in 7th grade on this and most of the kids weren't that interested. Imagine how bright the Earth and moon system would be from Venus... Since Earth is further from the sun than Venus, you generally would see a full disc of the Earth from Venus, at opposition, the Earth would be even brighter than Venus is from Earth... and of course you would be able to see the Moon as well. Someday we will have pics of the Earth from Venus...
  • Offroadmarin

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    It was an amazing display last night -- hanging above the Golden Gate Bridge with the Marin Headlands in the foreground and veiled by a thin cloud layer, the moon and Venus looked nearly surreal. Every now and then the skies give you one of those WTF moments -- and this was surely one of them.
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    Feb 28, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    HndsmKansanWell to begin with, Venus is only in the morning OR the evening sky at one time, not both


    lol darn it. i was tired haha icon_rolleyes.gif

    Pics of earth from venus would be so cool..
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 28, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    And you might still be able to see comet Lulin. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/04feb_greencomet.htm