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The Phases of Venus January 10, 2006

Posted by jtintle in APoD, NASA, Space Fotos, Venus.

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Explanation: Venus goes through phases. Just like our Moon, Venus can appear as full as a disk or as a thin as a crescent. Venus, frequently the brightest object in the post-sunset or pre-sunrise sky, appears so small, however, that it usually requires binoculars or a small telescope to clearly see its current phase. The above time-lapse sequence, however, was taken over the course of many months and shows not only how Venus changes phase but how it’s apparent angular size also changes. In the middle negative image, Venus is in a new phase, the same phase that occurred during its rare partial eclipse of the Sun in 2004.



1. Rob - January 11, 2006

That is awesome! Absolutely inspiring.

2. Dirty Skies : Better Mount, Better Moon - January 11, 2006

[…] While I’m here I thought I would point you all to this post on Space Photos that shows a time-lapse sequence of Venus taken over many months as it swings around to pass between us and the Sun. I get a weird “inspirational-our-place-in-the-cosmos” kinda feeling watching it. It’s VERY cool! […]

3. Sukhbir - January 18, 2006

Really cool.

4. nomly - January 11, 2009

thanks for the article,its great

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