Look at Venus and see a crescent moon?

December 28, 2013 | By | 3 Comments
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Venus is only days away from inferior conjunction but can still be seen low above the Western horizon during evening twilight.

Image of Venus captured using my Galaxy Note 3's camera and my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope.

Image of Venus captured using my Galaxy Note 3’s camera and my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope. Image taken on 28 December 2013.

However if you point even a small telescope at Venus, you will be in for a surprise. Because Venus is moving between us and the Sun (which will occur on January 11 2014), we are seeing more and more of the night side of Venus. That means Venus looks like a crescent Moon.

Venus as seen through the main eyepiece of my telescope. Yes, it really does look like a very tiny featureless moon.

Venus as seen through the main eyepiece of my telescope on 8 October 2013. Image taken with my Samsung Galaxy 3 phone.

And just for comparison purposes, I have included an image of Venus I took on 8 October 2013. Venus does really show phases – just like our Earth’s Moon.

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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.