APOD: The Last Days of Venus as the Star... (2018 Oct 05)

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APOD: The Last Days of Venus as the Star... (2018 Oct 05)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:07 am

Image The Last Days of Venus as the Evening Star

Explanation: That's not a young crescent Moon poised above the hills along the western horizon at sunset. It's Venus in a crescent phase. About 54 million kilometers away and less than 20 percent illuminated, it was captured by telescope and camera on September 30 near Bacau, Romania. The bright celestial beacon is now languishing in the evening twilight, its days as the Evening Star in 2018 coming to a close. But it also grows larger in apparent size and becomes an ever thinner crescent in telescopic views. Heading toward an inferior conjunction (non-judgmental), the inner planet will be positioned between Earth and Sun on October 26 and lost from view in the solar glare. At month's end a crescent Venus will reappear in the east though, rising just before the Sun as the brilliant Morning Star.

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Re: APOD: The Last Days of Venus as the Star... (2018 Oct 05)

Post by Boomer12k » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:25 am

Good Night, Venus...we will see you in the morning...

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Re: APOD: The Last Days of Venus as the Star... (2018 Oct 05)

Post by MarkBour » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:52 pm

Boomer12k wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:25 am
Good Night, Venus...we will see you in the morning...
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Yay! Today's caption was pure poetry. I look forward to watching this sequence unfold.
(Be warned, ye pesky clouds.)
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