Location of Photo:
Palolo Valley, Honolulu, HI
Date/Time of photo:
13 Aug 2012, 09:10 am HST
Orion XT6, 25mm eyepiece, iPhone camera
'Cynthiae figuras aemulatur mater amorum' (The mother of love emulates the shapes of Cynthia)-- Galileo Galilei. From Hawaii we did not see an occultation; instead, the Moon passed to the north of Venus. The contrast in phase was evident; the Moon was a slender crescent, while Venus was gibbous. Even without seeing an occultation, the difference in phase proves that Venus is much further away than the Moon!