Astrophoto: Crescent Venus in the Afternoon

by Nancy Atkinson on January 2, 2014

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Venus visible in the daytime skies over Kuala Lumpur on January 2, 2014. Credit and copyright: Shahrin Ahmad.

Venus visible in the daytime skies over Kuala Lumpur on January 2, 2014. Credit and copyright: Shahrin Ahmad.

In December, we challenged our readers to try and see Venus during the daytime. Sharin Ahmad from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started off the new year by nailing this awesome picture of a crescent Venus at just after noon local time today (January 2, 2014). “The usual cloudy Kuala Lumpur sky is teasing me again, giving me crystal blue sky today!” Shahrin said via email.

Based on SkySafari, Venus was about 3.2% illuminated, and about 15 degrees from Sun.

Equipment: Skywatcher 120ED (F=1800mm), and IMG132E video camera.

Here are other recent images of Venus submitted to our Flickr page by our readers:


Crescent Venus on Dec. 31, 2013, seen from Arizona. Credit and copyright: Robert Sparks.

Crescent Venus on Dec. 31, 2013, seen from Arizona. Credit and copyright: Robert Sparks.

The color of Venus: Three images of Venus taken on January 1, 2014. Credit and copyright: Sergei Golyshev .

The color of Venus: Three images of Venus taken on January 1, 2014. Credit and copyright: Sergei Golyshev .

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

James Young January 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Title error… Crecent = Crescent. No biggie… but having it pop up on my feed immediately made my OCD alter ego manifest.

phelanka7 January 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Beautiful.

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