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#1 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:18 PM

Here's a shot of tonight's 13-day-old rising Moon, along with the Belt of Venus and the Earth's shadow.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:19 PM

It was a bit past the peak of the anti-twilight arch at the time.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

Funny, but when I lived in PA I never saw one Belt of Venus. But I wouldn't have known what one was until I got a copy of the Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Now that I've moved to UT, I see one every night, and it's about 40 miles away.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

It was a bit past the peak of the anti-twilight arch at the time.

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if you don't mind I added a little saturation... :grin:

although laptops are the best photoshop tools. :(

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:37 PM

lovely pics. Thanks!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:44 PM

Another day, another thing learned by checking out CN. First I learn what the Lunar X is and now this. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:50 AM

Funny, but when I lived in PA I never saw one Belt of Venus. But I wouldn't have known what one was until I got a copy of the Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Now that I've moved to UT, I see one every night, and it's about 40 miles away.


I've seen the Belt of Venus and the shadow of the Earth many times over the years. Knowing about such phenomena really improves one's chances of actually seeing them. ;)

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Here's a photo that I took on 1/12/2006 from a hill nearby where I lived at the time.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:55 AM

This photograph was taken looking westward on the morning of 2/24/2006 from the ASH Naylor Observatory.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:58 AM

I took this picture on 11/12/2010, while my wife and I were traveling north on I-81.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:05 AM

Here's another image, captured on 12/19/2010, from the street where I live.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:13 AM

Funny, but when I lived in PA I never saw one Belt of Venus.


I only became aware of the Belt of Venus a few years ago, when I edited a column by Fred Schaaf on the subject. I realized in retrospect that it's visible every clear morning all the way across the sky from the apartment where I grew up in New York City. Now that I know what to look for, I see it all the time.

It does, however, require having a clear view of the horizon -- something that's hard to find it the tree-infested eastern U.S.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:49 AM

Dave, thanks so much for the great photos and drawing our attention to the Belt of Venus! I had never heard of it before now. :bigblush: I have a great view to the East, so will be looking for this now!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

You're welcome, Carol. There's more on the anti-twilight arch at http://www.webexhibi...fcolor/14E.html and http://www.galaxyima...arthshadow.html

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

Dave, great link! I've bookmarked it also. I'm really excited to look for this now; of course complete overcast today. :lol:

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

Here's another photo of a morning apparition of the Belt of Venus that I took at Cherry Springs State Park on 9/16/2012.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Here's a photo of the Belt of Venus and the Earth's shadow that I took on October 16th from the top of the observation tower at the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest mountain in West Virginia. As with the more recent shots, I used a Canon PowerShot SD980 IS digital camera set on auto.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

my wife, who typically is uninterested in astronomy, saw this thread and while on a cruise last week thru the west indies took this, I think she was close to haiti.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:57 PM

Seeing the Belt of Venus and the Earth's shadow rise and race across the sky is one of my favorite pastimes while waiting for the sky to get dark before a nights viewing at our club field. Thanks for the great photo's Dave.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:49 AM

You're welcome.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:12 AM

I've noticed that often, but never thought about it much nor did I realize it had a name.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

Thanks, David, for the striking images.

We usually have gorgeous sunrises and sunsets here in Arizona, but during our evening public outreaches I always try to get folks to turn and look eastward to the Twilight Wedge/Belt of Venus. They are often amazed that this view is possible every morning and evening, since the common practice is to watch the sunrise and sunset. An Interpretive Ranger I know at the Grand Canyon takes the opportunity, if she is out and about at sunset, to point the feature out to the public if there is an eastern horizon available.

The best one I can recall was from the top of Mauna Kea. Of course, the camera batteries were too weak to handle the cold, but from that altitude, the effect was amazing.

But I have never thought to look during a full moon rise! Thanks again.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

Here is a sunrise Belt of Venus, seen out my front door this fall, looking west to the Wellsville Mountains in Utah.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

That's a great shot, Shane.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

I love the shots I took of the Belt of Venus from Portland Headlight, Me.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Those are two very picturesque photos.

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