“Daddy Look Penis, Penis!!”
A year ago when my son was around 3 years old we went for a walk in the evening. Just as I was pushing him along in the stroller he looked up and said “Daddy, look its penis, penis!!”. Looking down at him with a very confused expression on my face I said “Penis? What are you talking about?” He responded “Up there in the sky. Its penis!” Still being very confused, I looked up to see what he was referring to and burst out laughing when I realized what it was. I turned to him and said “You mean Venus. Its called Venus not penis. With a ‘V’ – Venus. You are right. It is Venus.”
Innocently, he responded, “Oh ok. Venus.”
For those of you who aren’t aware, every spring and summer in the Northern Hemisphere, in the western part of the sky, Venus can be seen very clearly as it glows quite brightly in the sky. So brightly in fact that many people I have pointed it out to were convinced that it was a plane. It would often take about thirty seconds for them to realize that it is in fact not moving at all and must be a bright planet.
In April and early May it is located just below the moon to the right. As the months progress the distance between the moon and Venus grows considerably.
Here’s an attempted photo that I took of the moon and Venus together. This is a slightly cropped photo. I took the picture at the end of May but the distance between them was so great that it would have made it difficult to clearly see Venus. So I cropped the photo and moved the planet closer to the moon.
Here’s a really awesome picture of the two that I found on the web at spaceweather.com:
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