Venus - Lunar Occultation
Incredible time lapse by Kwon O Chul of the celestial event last month. It’s almost like watching a scene from some unknown realm with the dreamlike lights of Korea glowing beneath the clouds. The dawn that follows is just as magical.
Rising in the dark hours before dawn, wandering Venus now shines as the brilliant morning star. Its close conjunction with the Moon on August 13 was appreciated around planet Earth. But skygazers in eastern Asia were also treated to a lunar occultation, the waning crescent Moon passing directly in front of the bright planet in still dark skies.
Photo by Kwon, O Chul via APOD
Creating the Pentagram of Venus
It appears another pentagram will be completing in 2012.
The significance of the pentagram reaches as far back as Mesopotamia, with writings surfacing from as early as 3000 BC. Known as ὑγιεία “health” for the Greek goddess Hygieia, the Pythagoreans believed the pentagram represented mathematical perfection.
David Kaplan, Moon and Venus Over Switzerland