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Venus in 2012

February 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

I've created a new gallery to show images from Venus in 2012. This season is not very good for South Hemisphere observers as Venus will be in his most northern declination in years but anyway it's the brightest planet and I wanted to take some photos of it.

As an interior planet Venus shows phases and surprsingly is brightest when it's only a thin crescent. The reason is that the apparent diameter of the planet gets bigger and is smalles in "full" phase.

So as Venus gets bigger and less illuminated it also gets brighter and that's what I will be recording this season. At the end of April Venus the crescent shape will probably get visible in photos. By May 23rd Venus disc will be just 6% illuminated and very big. A really nice target for photos specially if we can get it next to a thin crescent moon. A duel of crescents!

I'll be adding the photos to the Venus gallery as they come. Keep tuned!


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