This picture was taken this morning at 6:45 am CST, after around 9″ (~22cm) of new snow fell yesterday and last night. Temperature this morning was 7oF (wind chill of -25oF.
Venus moving away from inferior conjunction will undergo phase changes similar to our Moon. Inferior conjunction is sort of like a new Moon and so as Venus moves westward away from the Sun and from in between the Earth and Sun the angle between the Sun and Venus will start to increase. Venus will first appear as a relatively large and very thin crescent. Over time Venus’s apparent size will decrease and Venus will wax toward a gibbous phase shape before we lose sight of it later this year as it approaches superior conjunction. This animated graphic is set for 1 frame per day and runs from 5 February to 5 May.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.