Mercury 0 - Venus 1

After reading Ian and Tom's entries about the chance of seeing Mercury in the evening sky on 1st March, I thought I might have a look. I'm near the west coast of New Zealand's north island and thought a 45km drive out to the coast would give me an uncluttered horizon. The weather had other ideas though. After being fine all afternoon, the cloud rolled in from the west just before sunset. To be even more annoying, it cleared away a few hours later having sat there long enough to make me miss Mercury. I did get a great view of the Milky Way though.

This morning I was up bright and early as I was heading up to the very (technically not quite) top of New Zealand. I was lucky enough to see the planet Venus appearing very bright in the pre-dawn sky just before some more cloud rolled in. They don't call New Zealand the "land of the long white cloud" for nothing.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 03rd Mar 2006 (07:40 UTC) | Permalink
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