Belt of Venus from Isola d'Elba, Italy

September 05, 2011

Belt of Venus over Isola d' Elba (2)

: Stefano De Rosa
Summary Authors: Stefano De Rosa; Jim Foster

The photo above showing the full Moon setting atop the rose-colored Belt of Venus, and me gazing at it, was captured on the island of Elba (Isola d'Elba), near the town of Capoliveri, Italy. It was taken at 5:28 a.m. on August 14, 2011. The Belt of Venus or Venus's Girdle is reddened sunlight scattered off the uppermost part of the Earth's shadow, which is sinking as the Sun is rising on the opposite horizon. Note that the Earth’s shadow is the portion of the atmosphere unlit by the Sun. It’s sandwiched between the Belt of Venus and the surface – in this case the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 1000D; Focal Length: 8.0mm; Aperture: f/5.0; Exposure Time: 0.013 s (1/80); ISO equiv: 100.