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Eclipsed Venus?

Eclipsed Venus?

Postby bigfoote » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:30 am

Greetings,

I was wondering if venus is eclipsed at all or not. It looks like a cresent moon thru my scope. Like a far away moon. I've never seen it like that before.

I am in northern California.

Thanks
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Postby Stephen R. Hickman » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:34 pm

Venus is not eclipsed. Due to its lower orbit, Venus goes through phases similar to those of our Moon. It simply takes longer to go through the phases--an entire Venusian year! Unfortunately, we technically never get to see a full Venus, but we do get to see a new Venus with specialized telescopes which sufficiently dims the Sun to non-blinding levels.
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