16 July 2007

Venus making an exit

    If you gotta go, go with a smile.
      The Joker

    This past Friday, my youngest daughter and I sat on the deck watching the stars come out. The first thing we saw, of course, was Venus. The "Evening Star" is shining its brightest right now, with a magnitude of -4.5. My daughter's eyes are better than mine, so she spotted the first actual star - Sirius. The "Dog Star" is the brightest star in the sky, but it couldn't compete with Venus. We looked at Venus through binoculars, and spotted Regulus just above it.

    Venus is about to make a dramatic exit from the evening sky. Tonight it will be close to the moon and Saturn. I hope it's clear. Then each day, as it lowers in the western sky, it will become an upturned crescent. It will leave with a smile.

    P.S. This was a welcome bright spot in an otherwise awful weekend. Here's why....


    Sharon GR said...

    It was a great night, coming so soon after Oldest's broken arm.

    I hope they remember it and not just the flurry of bad before and after.

    DBK said...

    Tell Sharon to check her gmail account.