Brief about Venus - Planet not a Star: Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is the second planet from sun in our solar system. Even today Venus is often misunderstood as a “Star” because of its “star like” appearance as seen through naked eye, whereas it is a planet.
Orbit of Venus being near to sun, it rises and sets with the Sun each day during its course of its revolution around sun. One would see it in evening (towards west) or morning (towards east) at different parts of the year. Unaware of this fact ancient civilizations believed it as two different objects. On 27th Feb, 2009 Planet Venus is in conjunction with moon at 11.57 UTC.
National Science Day on 28th Feb 2009 : 28th February, 2009 is celebrated as “National Science Day” commemorating the legacy of Sir C.V.Raman who discovered Raman effect on 28th Feb. 1928. He was awarded Nobel Prize in 1930. The focal theme for this year is ‘Expanding Horizons of Science’.
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SPOT VENUS USING CRESCENT MOON WITH NAKED EYE
On 27th and 28th February Planet Venus can be spotted easily using Crescent Moon. Planet Venus during course it journey around sun and Moon around earth on 27th and 28th Feb. are in such a geometrical position called conjunction that they appear to be near each other giving people an excellent opportunity to locate them easily.
Click to see bigger image - Venus Moon as on 27th February 2009
Directions – Time - Using Crescent Moon – No telescope needed: One has to look towards west direction to find Venus after sunset, one would observe “bright star like object” which is planet Venus. People can observe Venus without any telescope. However to appreciate finer details of the object one requires telescope or binocular.
Click to see bigger image - Venus Moon as on 28th February 2009
Position on 27th and 28th Feb : On 27th February, 2009 Venus can be spotted above the crescent moon. On 28th February, 2009 which is “National Science Day” people can spot Venus below moon.
As seen from earth though Moon and Venus appear to be near each other. Whereas in reality they are separated by millions of kilometers of distance.
Request: In true spirit of National Science day society requests schools to create awareness among students to observe Venus promoting scientific temper and urge general public to observe this celestial event. For assistance Schools/General public can download a Science Day Kit containing sky map/animations etc. society’s Website www.ournewplanets.com .
Other Details Evening/Morning object: Uptill end of second week of March 09 Venus can be spotted in evening sky. Whereas it can be spotted only in the morning sky, towards east direction beginning second week just before sunrise of April this year.
Science Kit containing Sky Maps to put on the notice board of the school. Can be downloaded click here. Animations may be added tomorrow.