Venus near conjunction | Robert Vanderbei

Robert Vanderbei
Location of photo
Belle Mead, NJ
Date/Time of photo
3:48pm EDT Mar 21, 2009
3.5" Questar and Starlight Express SXV-H9
This is a stack of the best 13 out of fifty 0.007 second exposures of Venus through a narrowband H-alpha filter. The stacked image has been resampled to be 2x bigger and the grayscale has been inverted so black is white and white is black. With a little imagination, it appears that the arc extends well beyond the normal 180 degrees one would expect to see. The extension is the glow caused by Venus' atmosphere.
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