December 1st, 2008


Light Show

I read about an astronomical phenomenon at lunchtime today: the three brightest objects in the sky - Venus and Jupiter and the crescent moon - clustered together. The best time was supposed to be around twilight, so I popped out of work at about five thirty.

These pictures show what it looked like. The variation I saw was most like the fifth picture, with Venus just having emerged from behind the moon. It was a wonderful effect, looking like a pearl ear-drop hanging from the moon. By the time I left work, clouds had come in so I wasn't able to see anything more, but at least I managed to catch it before the next event in 2052!