Our thanks to Efraín Morales of Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe for providing this beautiful image of a crescent Venus, taken on July 5, 2015. Have you noticed that Venus has gotten lower in the western sky after sunset? It’s heading toward an inferior conjunction with the sun on August 15. At that time, Venus will sweep between the sun and Earth. Between now and then, those with telescopes will see that Venus is waning in phase. Its lighted half – or day side – is turning increasingly away from us. Even steadily held binocular might reveal that Venus is not perfect round.
Thanks also to Eddie Irizarry to sending this image!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.