The clouds of Venus seen in an amateur telescope

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The clouds of Venus seen in an amateur telescope


Credit: Sean Walker (SkyandTelescope.com, Masil Astro-Imaging)

As we all know, at this time of Venus shines in the western skies at dusk. Seen as the evening star, the planet is a celestial lighthouse tempting even for casual observers. Even a telescopic view but can not show the surface, because the planet is perpetually shrouded by a thick blanket of clouds. Rilfettenti clouds can be observed also in the eyepiece of a small telescope, and with a series of color filters, like those used to compose this can reveal subtle details. The image was taken by an amateur telescope in place an observatory in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. Data is recorded through the filters in the near ultraviolet, green and near-infrared, as well as green and blue filters while Venus was high on the western horizon just before sunset. The vision of 2012 in the northern hemisphere of Venus is the best in the last seven years, which will end with a solar transit in June. It will be the last observable in our lives.