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Venus: Bright enough to cast shadows

January 18, 2011Comments One comment

Venus is often mistaken for a UFO, maybe because it’s one of the brightest objects in the sky. But how bright is it?

Turns out it’s actually bright enough to cast shadows!

The below sequence of photos were taken by Vincent Jacques on the morning of January 12, 2011 in the south of France.

I was observing from a place with absolutely no artificial lights. Also, the Moon was absent from the morning sky. It was utterly dark except for Venus, which was blazing bright at magnitude -4.4. I recorded the shadow using a Canon EOS 350D digital camera in a series of 135s exposures at 1600 ISO.

Amazing!

(Source: Space Weather)

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  1. You also seem to have caught a meteor. Good double catch. :)

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