Venus and Mercury were putting on a great show over several days at my location.
You didn’t need optical aid to enjoy the view of the sky to the southwest. Distant tropospheric clouds are likely responsible for the separate pink/violet pillars clearly visible after sunset for a brief time.
Venus was visible before sunset but Mercury required a darker sky to shine through for naked eye visibility.
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Date and Time: January 6, 2015, 18:15 pm local time
Temperature: 19° C (67° F)
Venus visual magnitude -3.9; distance from Earth 1.6 au
Mercury visual magnitude -0.8; distance from Earth 1.2 au
Assorted color pencils and pastel crayons, blue construction paper cut to size to fit my clipboard,
blending stumps and facial tissue paper for blending, white Pearl eraser.
4 thoughts on “Venus and Mercury After Sunset”
A superb souvenir of this nice show. Sometime a 0″ telescope is enough, 😉
Very nice sky colors!!
Agree with the Michel’s comment on the 0″ telescope! A beutiful peice that makes me feel warm just looking at the sunset Arizona sky. Rendered by your hand so well.
Muy bonito Franck te feliccito
Michel, Cindy and Sebastian,
Thank you all for your kind words.