Conjunction

Before today’s sunrise, our two brightest planets,

Venus and Jupiter, came close together.

Both inside my one field of view –

“An illusion. Only from our Earthly perspective,”

you said, moving away in cold sunlight.

 

Photo by lalesh aldarwish from Pexels

Astronomical conjunctions explained

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The Belt of Venus

belt of venus

Image via Woomera

At dawn, the Earth’s shadow is blue-grey

and above it is a pink band –

the Belt of Venus wrapping our world.

Shadow ascending in the east, as west

sun sets,  her belt and robe dropping.



(The shadow of the Earth is curved like the Earth and extends hundreds of thousands of miles into space. When it “touches” the moon, there is a lunar eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse will occur in the Eastern Hemisphere on the night of August 7-8, 2017.)