Friday, May 11, 2012

Venus at the Beach

I went observing tonight at a new place for me. I usually drive for an hour and forty minutes to Southhold, but tonight a couple of friends from the astronomy club said they were going to Robert Moses State Park and suggested I come join them, and it is only half the drive time. We observe from a parking lot that is normally used for beach parking. While waiting for it to get dark, I was looking around and saw these strange tops to some of the evergreen trees there. Then I noticed Venus setting in the west, and moved around until I had a composition that I liked. This is it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sam notes that you also grabbed the bright star El Nath near Venus. The star's name means "the horn," and is a part of Taurus, the Bull.

Readers should try to see that star over the next few nights until Venus gradually drops below it.