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A ring around Venus?

OK, not quite, but Jean Falconer in Sequim captured this photo of Venus near a crescent moon that she thought gave it the appearance of a solitaire ring.  This is from a while ago, but Venus is in the night sky again and when it's near the new moon, sometimes you might get the alignment of the moon and Venus just right to give it this neat ring effect.

I just ran through my favorite star tracking software: www.skyviewcafe.com and it appears this might be the case again Wednesday, July 2. It might still be too bright with the late sunset, but try looking in the western sky around 9:40 p.m. and find Venus and there might be just a sliver moon there as well. Other dates where it looks like it might be close are August 1st around 8:45pm ish and October 1 around 7 p.m.

While we're here, this is a good time to remind people that bright star in the western sky around sunset is the planet Venus. It is the brightest object in the sky besides the sun and moon and we get a lot of people wondering what "star" that is that is so bright.

If you want to do more planet hunting, Saturn and Mars are right next to each other and will be on the western horizon about 15 degrees up around 10 p.m. tonight.