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A green laser points at Venus, currently visible in the western horizon about an hour after sunset. This photo was taken on November 30, 2016 from the observing deck of Seven Suites Hotel Observatory in Antipolo.

Lately, you might have noticed what appears to be a very bright star prominently visible in the western horizon about an hour after sunset. This ‘star’ is in fact the planet Venus.

Venus is the brightest among the five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) that can be seen with the naked eye. The planet will continue to be prominent in the sky until around March 2017.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Venus is now visible as a ‘morning star’, seen as a very bright naked-eye object in the eastern horizon 1 to 2 hours before sunrise from August until early November of 2012. This planet is so bright that even a mobile phone camera should be able to capture it.

This image was captured on August 19, 2012, in Zambales, Philippines, with a DSLR camera-on-a-tripod with a 50 mm lens, set to ‘Auto’ mode.

Related link: Venus Visible in the Western Horizon (December 2011)

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For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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