Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Belt of Venus

The Belt of Venus
above the shadow of the earth at sunset, opposite the setting sun
at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine
on October 4, 2016, sketched on October 6, 2016
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, on 140 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00
"The Belt of Venus, or Venus's Girdle, is an atmospheric phenomenon seen at sunrise and sunset when the observer is, or is very nearly, surrounded by a pinkish glow that extends roughly 10°–20° above the horizon, caused by backscattering of reddened sunlight, and seen above the dark band of the shadow of the earth, even after the sun sets."

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