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Thursday
Jan 22 2015
12:38 UTC

Venus and the Crescent Moon - 22 January 2015

Venus and the crescent Moon imaged at around 21:15 ACDST form Largs North, using my Canon IXUS ASA 400, 1 sec exposure. click to embiggen. The paired imaged on 3X Zoom, then the image cropped to emphasise the pair. Click to embiggen. After returning from putting EldestOne on a Melbourne bound bus to start sorting out some Uni things, I saw the most gorgeous sunset. Despite the clouds, I was able to capture Venus and the crescent Moon. Unfortunately, Mercury had sunk in the horizon murk by the time

Posted by Astroblog

Wednesday
Jan 21 2015
15:47 UTC

A Swirling Vortex at Venus' South Pole

Here's the latest view of the mass of swirling gas and clouds at Venus' south pole. The Venus Express's Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) has been keeping an eye on this polar vortex since the spacecraft arrived and discovered this huge storm in 2006. During the mission, VIRTIS has seen the vortex constantly […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jan 21 2015
14:14 UTC

Mercury, Venus and the Crescent Moon, Thursday January 22, 2015

... Evening sky on Thursday January 22 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST in South Australia. Mars is low in the twilight, with Venus and the Moon close together below. Mercury is deep in the twilight. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen). Just a reminder that on the 22nd Venus, the thin crescent Moon and Mercury form a triangle low in the twilight. While Venus is bright you will still need a reasonably fla

Posted by Astroblog

Wednesday
Jan 21 2015
06:53 UTC

Moon and Venus in the West

lender Moon and VenusWednesday January 21st, a very slender young Moon and Venus form a compact group immediately after sunset. You'll need binoculars to spot this grouping, as the thin crescent Moon will be easily lost in the glare of the sunset sky, but bright Venus should be easier to spot. There's something magic about the sight of the thin crescent Moon, just barely glowing as a small bit of its illuminated side is visible to us, and that small light has to be seen through the glowi

Posted by The Urban Astronomer

Monday
Jan 19 2015
15:24 UTC

Venus Express snaps swirling vortex

Venus Express snaps swirling vortex Copyright ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA/Univ. OxfordClose-up view of south polar vortex (video)Copyright: ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIAThis ghostly puff of smoke is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus' south pole, as seen by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) aboard ESA's Venus Express spacecraft.Venus has a very choppy and fast-moving atmosphere — although wind speeds are sluggish at

Posted by astronomy cmarchesin

Monday
Jan 12 2015
12:22 UTC

Venus and Mercury on the Night of 11 January, 2015

Venus and Mercury head towards the horizon at twilight. Image taken with my Canon IXUS, 1 second 400 ASA, around 21:15 ACDST. In all the excitement of comet Lovejoy yesterday the Venus-Mercury conjunction goit eft out. But I saw it, and it was beautiful. You may wish to click on the picture to embiggen to see Mercury more clearly. Of course, it is raining again.

Posted by Astroblog

Sunday
Jan 11 2015
10:06 UTC

Don't Forget: Conjunction of Venus and Mercury and Closest Approach of Comet Lovejoy Tonight January 11, 2015

Evening sky on Sunday January 11 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST in South Australia. Click to embiggen. Tonight has two lovely astronomical events, the conjunction of Venus and Mercury and the maximum brightness of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy.Venus and Mercury in the western evening twilight, where the pair a bit over a hand-span from the western horizon half an hour after sunset, and are less than a finger-width apart. Venus should be readily visible as a b

Posted by Astroblog

Saturday
Jan 10 2015
18:03 UTC

Mercury and Venus an Awesome Duo at Dusk

As Universe Today's┬Dave Dickinson described earlier this week┬not only has Venus returned to the evening sky, but Mercury has climbed up from the horizon to join it. Last night (Jan. 9th) the two planets┬were separated by just a hair more┬than┬one Moon diameter. The photo only hints at┬amazingly easy the pair was to see. Consider the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jan 09 2015
23:19 UTC

Close Encounters

Close EncountersThe evening sky features a close encounter with the two inner planets, Venus and Mercury. When two celestial objects align, the visual effect is usually quite brilliant. Venus is 100s of times brighter than smaller and more distant Mercury, but nonetheless the two make an impressive pair this weekend. You'll need a clear view to the south-west just after sunset. Binoculars will make it faster and easier to locate the pair. The two planets will remain in close proximity for se

Posted by The Urban Astronomer

Thursday
Jan 08 2015
14:13 UTC

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury this Sunday January 11, 2015

... Evening sky on Sunday January 11 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST in South Australia. Click to embiggen.Venus and Mercury are very close together in the twilight. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen). Mercury and Venus have been edging together all week, this process cumulates on Sunday (11 January) when they are at their closest (one finger-width apart, approximately 1 degree). While at their closest on Sund

Posted by Astroblog

Wednesday
Jan 07 2015
01:02 UTC

Japan's Akatsuki Spacecraft to Make Second Attempt to Enter Orbit of Venus in December 2015

Back in 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the The Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki” with the intention of learning more about the planet's weather and surface conditions. Unfortunately, due to engine trouble, the probe failed to make it into the planet's orbit. Since that time, it has remained in a heliocentric orbit, some […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jan 06 2015
17:13 UTC

Stargazing in January

January is the marmite of every year, individuals either love it or hate it as it brings the beginning of a New Year and new opportunities yet marks the end […]

Posted by Astronotes

Monday
Jan 05 2015
15:24 UTC

Catch Mercury Brushing Past Venus in a Spectacular Dusk Quasi-Conjunction' This Week

Missing Venus? The third brightest natural object in the heavens returns to prime time dusk skies in 2015 after being absent and lingering in the dawn for most of 2014. But there's another reason to hunt down the Cytherean world this week, as elusive Mercury chases after it low in the dusk. If you've never […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jan 02 2015
22:32 UTC

Scorching hot Venus may have once had oceans of carbon dioxide

The continued exploration of the planets and moons in our Solar System have revealed many strange things, including that Earth is not the only place with oceans and seas. Mars once had lakes and possibly oceans in the distant past, some of the icy moons in the outer Solar System such as Europa and Enceladus ... Read MoreThe post Scorching hot Venus may have once had oceans… of carbon dioxide appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

Tuesday
Dec 30 2014
14:38 UTC

Work Those Quads: Our Guide to the 2015 Quadrantid Meteors

Quick what's the only major meteor shower named after a defunct constellation?┬ If you said the January Quadrantids, you'd be correct, as this often elusive but abrupt meteor shower is set to peak this coming weekend early in 2015. And we do mean early, as in the night of January 3rd┬going into the morning of […]

Posted by Universe Today

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