On July 8th, 2018, I saw the planet Venus for the first time.

With my reflector telescope and clear skies above me, I decided to observe Earth’s “sister planet.” For amateur astronomers, it is quite difficult to observe Venus due to the planet’s thick carbon dioxide clouds. In fact, some amateur astronomers even equip their telescopes with a variety filters that allow them to better observe Venus’ atmosphere.

Although studying Venus wasn’t as enjoyable as studying Jupiter and its moons, my time observing the “sister planet” was well spent. On the night of the 8th, Venus’ luminosity was approximately 65% and I observed the planet for around an hour.

In the future, I might consider getting filters to get better visuals of Venus, but my first observation of the planet was still fascinating.

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