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Venus Drawings and Observations

Venus Nomenclature

Venus, March 19th, 2012, 23:20 - 23:40 UT, seeing fair - poor, transparency 5. TMB 130mm (5.1") f/9.25 refractor on alt-az mount. Magnification 204x. Filters used: Baader deep blue (W38A) and red (W25).

The dusky appearance was brought out by the Baader deep-blue filter. When I have observed Venus before without the deep-blue filter the dusky appearance was only noticeable near the terminator. The Baader red filter brought out the cusp extensions in the north and south polar regions. The cusps were not visible without the red filter.

Venus Compared To Earth

Like Earth, Venus is a terrestrial planet, and it is often thought of as being Earth's sister planet. It is very similar to the Earth in terms of its size and mass, and its chemical composition and density is similar.

However, the atmosphere of Venus is much more dense that Earth's, and it has clouds that are composed of sulfuric acid. Its surface temperature is about 900 degrees Fahrenheit that is hot enough to melt lead.

In addition, unlike Earth, its the rotation is retrograde, perhaps an indication that in its early history Venus was struck by a large celestial body.

Below is a collection of some of my Venus drawings and observations I have made over the years. The first time I observed Venus through a telescope and made a sketch of it was in 1976.

December 26, 1978 (observing report)

Crescent Moon with Venus, February 1988

June 2004 (observing report)

October 2004 (observing report)

November 2004 (observing report)

June 2005 (observing report)

May 2007 (observing report)

October 2007 (observing report)

October 2007 (observing report)

February 2008 (observing report)

August 2010 (observing report)

November 2010 (observing report)

December 2011 (observing report)

February 2012 (observing report)

March 19th, 2012 (sketch)

April 13th, 2012 (sketch)

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