Posts Tagged ‘Venus’

2014, The February Sky

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

During February (at least) two interesting phenomena were seen in our skies.

In the evening of 27th February the notable aurora display seen over much of the UK was the stand-out evening sight this month!

Aurora 27 February, over the Struie Ridge #1


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More regular, and predictable, was the silent, early morning conjunction of Venus and the Moon. A clearing in the southeastern sky was needed – and such clearings were rare.

Venus the morning starClick image to view


2012 Transit of Venus

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun.

The next transit of Venus occurs 6 June, 2012.  Observers in or near Tain will see the transit at sunrise : 04:19, transit ends 5:36. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in your lifetime. Continue reading “2012 Transit of Venus” »

Morning Showtime in the Sky

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

“It was an awesome morning with an unforgettable view: four planets packed in just a 7º piece of sky,” says Ribas.

“The very compact Venus-Mercury-Jupiter triangle was simply hypnotic. And Mars, below them, was faint but still clearly visible to naked eye. Marvelous planetary gathering, but the best is yet to come.”

Indeed, on May 11th, Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the Solar System, will converge to form a pair less than 1/2 degree apart. Set your alarm for Wednesday morning and begin the day with an eye-opener–no caffeine required.

target=”_blank”>Celestial – 4 Planet Show shows what will be in your eastern dawn sky for two weeks this May.