METROPOLITAN SKIES
By Dave Trapani
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Venus
Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest. Venus' orbit is the most nearly
circular of that of any planet, with an eccentricity of less than 1%.   

Venus has been known since prehistoric times. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the
Sun and the Moon. Like Mercury, it was popularly thought to be two separate bodies: Eosphorus
as the morning star and Hesperus as the evening star, but the Greek astronomers knew better.
(Venus's apparition as the morning star is also sometimes called Lucifer.)

Since Venus is an inferior planet, it shows phases when viewed with a telescope from the
perspective of Earth. Galileo's observation of this phenomenon was important evidence in favor of
Copernicus's heliocentric theory of the solar system.
2006
Mars - 10/30/2005

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14GPS
Mount: Meade
Camera: Meade LPI  @ F/10
Time: 1:00AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
Venus- 2/16/2006


Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS
Mount: Meade
Camera: Meade DSI
Filters: None
Time: 6:45 AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
2004
Venus- 4/29/2004

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS
Mount: Meade
Camera: Meade DSI
Filters: 5X Barlow
Time: 6:45 PM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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