Monday, March 2, 2009

346/365 Venus blazing

I looked in the sky last week for a glimpse of Comet Lulin with no luck. This pale green comet was supposed to be visible with binoculars, but on the nights I tried looking, either the light pollution or cloud cover obscured my view.

But in the opposite direction on the last two nights, Venus has been absolutely stunning. It looks like a fluorescent bulb in the sky.

In this photo, you can see the fainter star trails near the top of the frame, and Venus is the bright white streak in the middle. You can see it unaided; all you have to do is look directly west after sunset, and you can't miss it.

Camera: Canon 40D, about 15 minutes, f/8 at ISO 100 around 8:30 p.m.

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