Monday, November 19, 2007

Morning Star

Star bright, star light, First star I see tonight

I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

The courtyard, onto which my new room opens, is lighted at night, but the lights are on a timer set on daylight time.  So the lights go off at 6 am while it is still dark.

I can go out in the darkness and enjoy the night sky. When the moon is in the last quarter, there is moonlight. That was not so this morning, but Venus the Morning Star was high in the sky and bright enough to penetrate the slight morning haze.

"Venus, the Morning Star," I hear you ask. "I thought Venus was the Evening Star."

And you are right.  Venus is the Evening Star, AND the Morning Star.  But not at the same time. Venus', our sister planet, orbit is inside that of Earth. So from the Earth, Venus appears to stay close to the sun. That means as Venus goes around the sun, sometimes she leads the sun when it is rising, and is the Morning star, and sometimes follows the setting sun, and is the Evening Star. In either role, she is bright and beautiful

She sure was this morning.

7 comments:

chasferris said...

I think I have written about this before. Oh, well, television thrives on re-runs, so why not I?

madcobug said...

Glad that you enjoyed getting out star gazing. There was supposed to be a
meteorite shower after midnight one night over the weekend but I forgot about it. Helen

garnett109 said...

Thanks for the lesson

tendernoggle said...

YOU ARE SO SMART CHUCK!!!! I LOVE LOOKING AT ALL THE STARS....AND WE HAVE HAD SOME BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS HERE LATELY.
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

jaymact1 said...

Hi Chuck , what a lovely way to start the day.  Love Joan

monponsett said...

Do me a favor... don't go rolling out into courtyards when it's dark.

jmorancoyle said...

    Ah, I learned something. Thank you for the lesson.
Jude
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