Farewell Parting Of The Evening Planets

Since late last month, Venus has been playing tag with the evening planets at dusk, providing lots of pretty viewing and photographic opportunities. I hate to break the news, but that’s about to end. Venus is now nudging toward Saturn and will pass it in conjunction on Dec. 10-11. Jupiter’s hunkered down in bright twilight…
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First Peek At Venus

It’s one thing to talk about going out to see something and another to see it. Occasionally I’ll write about something in the sky I know is happening but I’ve yet to see. You may remember a couple weeks back we talked about the return of Venus to the evening. Although it’s the brightest planet…
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Be The First On Your Block To See Venus

Hey, look who’s back! Venus has spent a lot of time near the sun in the sky. But as the leaves drop and the trees go bare in the coming weeks, the planet returns to bring cheer to the evening sky. For now it’s very low in the west shortly after sunset. If you live…
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Venus Remains In Hiding, But You Can’t Miss The Waning Moon

Venus has been hiding for weeks near the sun in the morning sky. On Aug. 14 it was in conjunction with the sun. Since that date the solar system’s most reflective planet has been inching into the evening sky. Right now it’s just a few degrees from the sun and hopelessly lost from view in…
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Venus From The Space Station / Standing On Bennu’s Doorstep

Every 90 minutes the International Space Station (ISS) goes around the Earth. Astronauts on board see 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. Besides the sun and moon, Venus is the brightest solar system body we can see. It’s spectacular viewed from a dark sky, but even big-city dwellers can spot the planet through the…
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