Beauty without borders

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Feb. 25 2009 7:04 AM

Beauty without borders

Right now as I write this, Venus is a brilliant beacon of light in the western sky after sunset. After the Moon, it's far and away the brightest object in the night sky, obvious to anyone who can see. It's also the International Year of Astronomy, so a group of people has decided to merge the two events into one called Beauty Without Borders. Starting February 25 (today!) and going through March 1, they want everyone who can to go outside and observe this gorgeous planet. February 28 is the best day, as the crescent Moon will be near Venus, making a beautiful duet in the sky.


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I think this is a great idea. Venus is so bright right now that I've received lots of comments on it, from asking me what it is to to people who can't believe a planet can get so bright! So this is a fantastic opportunity to get people outside and looking up. Tell everyone you know!

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death from the Skies! Follow him on Twitter.