I only found out about these two things a couple of weeks ago. I had seen them of course but did not realise what they were or that they had a name.
For over sixty years I have been in the dark.
It was Margaret who told me about them. She innocently asked at a meeting of Fraserburgh Photographic Society a couple of weeks ago if I had heard about them. I had to admit that I hadn't a clue what she was talking about.
Margaret told me that the Earths Shadow is just that. It can be seen just before sunrise and just after sunset on a clear day. It is the shadow that the Earth itself casts on its atmosphere. This shadow is often visible from the surface of the Earth, as a dark band in the sky near the horizon. The Belt of Venus is an atmospheric phenomenon seen at the same time The observer sees a pinkish glow that extends roughly 10°–20° above the horizon. So you look for them above the horizon opposite the sunrise/set.
On Thursday I was able to photograph both the Earths shadow and the Belt of Venus on my morning walk. I had the added bonus of being able to include the moon in one of the shots.
|Panorama with Mormond Hill to the left|
|Through the Gate|
So the Earths Shadow and the Belt of Venus are as easy to see on a clear day. It's not rocket science, or is it?
I did manage to get some bird photos as well
|Whooper Swans over Fraserburgh|
|Yellowhammer in the Road|