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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Feb 06, 2014

Milky Way and Venus

Planet Venus rising in the east before dawn on February 4 by Mike Taylor Photography.

Planet Venus rising in the ast before dawn on February 4, 2014 at 5:18 a.m.  Mike Taylor Photography in Maine captured this shot.  Thank you, Mike!   Visit Mike Taylor Photography.

View larger image | Planet Venus rising in the east on February 4, 2014 at 5:18 a.m. Mike Taylor Photography in Maine captured this shot. © Mike Taylor – Taylor Photography

The planet Venus is now nearly at its brightest for this morning apparition. It’s impossible to miss now in the east before dawn. Mike Taylor in Maine captured this photo of Venus and the Milky Way at 5 a.m. on February 4. He wrote:

The core section of the Milky Way makes its slow rise above the horizon during this time of year in central Maine accompanied by a VERY bright Venus below it. This is one frame from a time lapse with the foreground lit by a passing car. The 7 degree temperature didn’t stop me from going out to shoot from 4-5:30 this morning to kick off the 2014 Milky Way Photography Season. Welcome back Oh Mistress Of The Dark!

Here’s the technical info:

Nikon D600 & 14-24mm @ 14mm
f/2.8 – 30 secs – ISO 2000 – WB Kelvin 3570
02/04/14 – 5:18 AM
Processed through Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CS5

Thank you Mike!

Visit Mike Taylor Photography.

See Venus at its brightest!

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