May 17, 2021
A Better Venus
Originally published September 28, 2011
image by Tamas Abraham, Hungary
|I can accept that Tamas occasionally points his scope at Venus, but this is LPOD, not VPOD, so the story has to be lunacentric. And why not, what is Venus anyway? Just a very bright dot with virtually no details to glimpse, a fascinating volcanic world forever hidden to terrestrial observers. The full Moon is even a better Venus - it is brighter, bigger and visibly much more fascinating. With high power the brightness is diluted so subtle variations of white can be seen in rays, and chocolate donuts delineate dark halo craters. Sinuous rilles are like white threads dropped on a slate surface. And mare lavas, all basalts, show off their titanium variations as shades of gray. Venus? Why bother?
Yesterday's LPOD: Chains of Enlightenment
Tomorrow's LPOD: Slimmer Than Slim