Twilight Crescents: Venus and the Moon - January 3, 2014

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Crescent of Venus - January 3, 2014

iPhone photo of Venus through 8-inch Dob at 120X - January 3, 2014

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Observation Notes:

After some amazing solar views, we were treated to the beautiful sight of two slender crescents. Brilliant Venus was an astonishingly large but slender arc of brilliant white descending into the treetops. The Moon was much higher, but captivating with its rugged craters and maria captured in stark relief on a much larger crescent.

Crescent of Venus descending into the treetops - January 3, 2014

Crescent of Venus descending into the treetops - January 3, 2014 - Through 8-inch Dob at 32X.

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Waxing crescent Moon - January 3, 2014

Waxing Crescent Moon - January 3, 2014 - Through 8-inch Dob at 32X.

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SubjectVenus and Moon
Date/TimeJanuary 3, 2014 5:30 - 5:40 PM MST
(January 4, 2014 0030-0045 UT
Observing Loc.Flagstaff, AZ - Home
InstrumentSkyQuest XT8 - 203 mm f/5.9 Dobsonian
Eyepieces/Mag.32 mm Sirius Plössl (37.5X)
Pentax XW 10 (120X)
ConditionsClear, breezy
SeeingAnt. II-III

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1-3-14, N.E. Ohio 7:30pm( ish) evening walk with wife, crystal clear sky. Venus sooo bright. In eastern sky, unbelievably beautiful waxing crescent moon western. Soul stirring, had to look for this or other common experience.
Very hard to accept the same moon face to us. 27.3 exact, no variation? No such thing as exactly identical in physics. Isn't it exponentially near impossible to accomplish such occurrence?
Forgive the ?, in my 64 yrs as casual layman interested in the cosmos, the ? haunts.
Thanks for sharing the beauty.

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