Friday, June 16, 2006

It is Venus !!!

Yes, Ka Jin is right, it is the planet VENUS.

According to The Star-Ledger
Venus has been in the morning sky for months now. Many have noticed it in the east just before dawn, though it has not been a particularly good appearance for the second planet. It has remained low in the sky, making it difficult to see.

Face east between 4:30 and 5 a.m. to see Venus in its role as the morning star. You'll need a clear view of the eastern horizon. It appears as an extremely bright star less than two fists off the horizon. It is in the constellation Aries, the ram. The brightest star in Aries is Hamal. If the sky is clear enough, you should be able to spot Hamal above and to the left of Venus.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN JUNE 2006 - Our five nearest planetary neighbors appear as points of light that shine steadily, unlike the bright night stars that twinkle. The four evening planets are Mercury, Mars and Saturn in the West and Jupiter in the East. In June, Mars moves from Gemini into Cancer, passing by Saturn on the evening of June 17th, when the two planets appear one moon width apart. The very bright planet Jupiter dominates the southeastern evening sky, shining brighter than any night star. The planet Mercury is best seen in mid June, then setting after 10 p.m. The planet Venus appears in the eastern dawn, rising nearly 2 hours ahead of the sun.

1 comment:

Ka Jin said...

hi Sim, unable to post previously. It could be that because it was shot during sun-rise, the venus appeared quite 'white' in colour due to the reflection of sunlight and this make it looked like a Jupiter. Normally the colour should be yellowish, however judging from the location it should be venus. It won't go any higher.