Belt of Venus

On the drive east through North Dakota this evening we beheld the Belt of Venus. I wish I had hands free to snap a picture. Usually, earthlings are more focused on the setting or rising sun and the colorful shadings in the clouds. Once the glare of the sunset was gone from my rearview mirror, I had a good forty minutes of the phenomenon of Earth’s shadow, atmosphere, and sunlight.

By the time we hit a needed rest stop, the sky had faded to night. Look for it yourself, opposite sunset or sunrise:

The best conditions for getting a nice view are when the sky is clear, when there’s minimal wind and humidity, and when there are no obstructions on the horizon. When it’s visible, the belt will appear anywhere from 10° to 46° over the horizon line.

Here’s a nice blogpost from a decade ago.

Today’s colors were a pronounced pink, but there was also a shading to a pastel green above the main color. That was subtle, but unexpected.

fyi, the name is associated not with the planet Venus, but with the goddess of love.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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