Monday, January 6, 2014

Last Evening View of Venus?

Five days from inferior conjunction of Venus, when it passes between us and the sun, and I almost forgot to go out to look for it tonight.  Fortunately, 20 minutes after sunset, it was visible just over the tree line from our cul-de-sac, and I got a brief glimpse of it.  Even with the 70-200 zoom with 1.4X converter, the crescent was easily visible in this cropped view.  You might have to click to load the full-size view to see it better.  For this shot the XSi was used for 1/250 second at F/6.3. I'm thinking it might be visible, but not for much longer!  In another 10 days or so it should be visible in the morning sky where it will stay through most of the year, not to return to the evening until about Thanksgiving!

No comments: