Venus | Morning View | 24 Mar 2017

I got my first morning view of Venus this spring at 6:45. There was a layer of high clouds to the east dimming the view quite a lot. Binoculars helped locate it for a photograph. Thanks to Scott at Scott’s Sky Watch for pointing out Venus is now visible both in the evening and the morning if the sky is clear enough. He called it a double dose of Venus.

Looking slightly north of east through high clouds.

Clouds made the image a little hazy.

There was another bonus this morning. Looking to the southeast, the waning crescent Moon shined through a clear break in the clouds.

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7 thoughts on “Venus | Morning View | 24 Mar 2017

  1. I’ve read that people in ancient times didn’t recognize that the Morning Star and the Evening Star are the same celestial body (but they did apparently recognize it as a planet).

    • This passage of Venus is well above the Sun which makes it more easily visible. I can imagine how they could see the ‘star’ as two different object.

      • There’s historically loads of beliefs around Venus. The Mayans were particularly interested in where Venus was and when it was visible. Venus in the evening, ain’t we got fun; Venus in the morning, time for war.

  2. I’d love for the clouds around here to break. I got up early this morning, a bit too optimistically, and it was flat and overcast.

    Thanks for the blog-o-nod, Jim.

  3. A couple of weeks ago, the atmospheric conditions here were just right — low humidity, no inversions, no clouds — and Venus was as brilliant as I’ve ever seen it. Apparently, it was brighter than many people had seen. They were standing in the parking lot, pointing it out to one another.

    I’m going to be up early tomorrow morning, so I’ll look for it, provided our clouds and rain have moved out.

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