Poetry in Motion – Venus
May this photo, courtesy of Bad Astronomy, brighten your day, catch your eye and tickle your brain. ... think on this as you look at the picture: That lovely glowing beam apparently spotlighting Venus is actually a vast, flat cloud of dust, circling the Sun out by Jupiter; all that remains of a billion long-dead comets feebly reflecting the fierce light of the Sun so very far away.
Now click on the pic to see it full size.
It was taken by astrophotographer Rudi Dobesberger in the early morning at Kalkalpen National Park in Austria. More sciencey details on this pic and links to some of Rudi's other stunners here.