Venus and the Sisters (Apr 6 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak (Bifrost Astronomical Observatory) After wandering about as far from the Sun on the sky as Venus can get, the brilliant evening star crossed paths with the Pleiades star cluster earlier this week. The beautiful conjunction was enjoyed by skygazers around the world. Taken on April 2, this celestial group photo captures the view from Portal, Arizona, USA (...) #astronomy
Quote by James Irwin of Apollo 15, "As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man."
The bright planet Venus is paired up here with the faint star Elnath as they set on the evening of May 8, 2012. The image is a stack of 80 1-second exposures taken at a rate of 2 per minute using a Canon T1i. Copyright (c) 2012 Lee A Phillips, San Diego, CA.
April 2010 Sunset on a Golden Sea Image Credit & Copyright: Pete Lawrence (Digital-Astronomy) On April 17, the sky was clear and the Sun's colour was spectacular as night approached. This striking telescopic view even captures the Sun's swollen and distorted shape from the southern coast of the UK. Reflecting a bright column of sunlight, the sea also appears golden, with the horizon marked by the city of Portsmouth. Were the colours made more intense by volcanic dust? Maybe not.