Thursday, March 11, 2010

Name That Planet

taken with my 55-200 zoom, handheld

Does anyone know what planet is to be found low in the western sky at dusk right now? Is it Venus?

Whatever it is, I think it is way cool. :)

9 comments:

ELK said...

not sure at all . the branches frame this so well . a delight mary

Marcie said...

I've been told that it's Venus..but I'm no expert and not sure. What gorgeous light in this!!

margie said...

i know nothing. literally nothing about the sky. beautiful shot though.

Char said...

according to the sky chart, in march venus is the brightest object in the sky next to the moon:

Given a low westerly horizon and a clear night you will have a chance to see Venus and Mercury just 3.3 degrees apart about 30 minutes after sunset. Both are moving away from the Sun so getting higher in the sky after sunset. Their closest approach, at 3 degrees separation, will be on April 4th so keep watchin over the next few days.

During March, Venus will become prominent in the evening sky after sunset as it climbs higher in the sky. At magnitude -3.9, it will be easily spotted - the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. Look towards the south west about half an hour after sunset.

Caroline said...

I have no idea...but thank goodness for Char (smarty pants) ;). This is a lovely photo!!

Emom said...

Thank goodness someone knows....smiles.
I took astronomy in college, but generally know very little when I look up. smiles.

Traci said...

Great capture!

Country Girl said...

Thank God for smartypants like Char. And photographers like you. And Char. And Caroline. And Elk. Oh, heavens.

Hannah said...

Beautiful. :-)