Venus close to its maximum brightness fascinates President Barack Obama

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Venus close to its maximum brightness fascinates President Barack Obama


President Barack Obama as he watches Venus and the Moon

Venus is reaching its peak brightness, and is visible in the western sky at a distance from our natural satellite, the Moon. These two lights suggestive of heaven have drawn the attention of US President, Barack Obama, as evidenced by a photograph taken by the White House. Not surprisingly, since the planet has always fascinated our ancestors who they have watched and studied. The shot was taken last Tuesday from Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado by White House photographer Pete Souza. "The President will stop to observe the Moon and Venus before boarding Marine One (ID code of an aircraft of the Marine Corps of the United States that delivers precisely the president)," says the caption of the photo on the White House website. Venus is the 'star' brightest in the night sky and can be easily detected about 45 minutes after sunset by the observers of the sky, with time naturally clear. The planet is so bright that it can also be seen in broad daylight, if you know exactly where to look. Since the planet is internal to the terrestrial orbit, already in small telescopes show a series of steps similar to those of the Moon. Venus will continue to appear as a dazzling light in the evening sky until May 17. Later this year, the planet Earth will give observers a breathtaking spectacle: the transit on the disk of the sun. The last time an event like this happened was in 2004, but the 2012 event is special: it will the last time that the current world population will observe it, because the next transit will be back in 2117.