Caption: "Venus reflected in the Pacific Ocean."


  1. Near sunrise (we are looking east) or sunset (we are looking west).

    My guess is we are sunset looking west.

  2. There seems to be another planet farther from the Sun than Venus. Without other information, it's probably impossible to identify this planet.

  3. We can't be too near the equator since the ecliptic is at quite a large angle to the perpendicular to the horizon. A celestial sphere diagram with a horizon plane makes this clear (see file celestial_sphere_004_day.html.

    The diagram also makes it clear that if we are at sunset, we are in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Note that on the equator the maximum angle is the Earth's axial tilt of 23.4° which happens on the solstices. The minimum angle is zero on the equinoxes.

  4. Venus is the Morning Star when it is west of the Sun and the Evening Star when it is east of the Sun.

    Yours truly has seen Venus as the Morning Star twice. Once 1994 when yours truly tramped across the Englischer Garten in Munich at 6:00 am or so. What was yours truly doing? Maybe heading to the U-bahn to catch a plane. The second time was 2022 was 2022 Jun24---Jun26 when historical planets (i.e., Mercury ☿, Venus ♀, Mars ♂, Jupiter ♃, Saturn ♄) and the waning crescent moon could be seen at ∼ 4:00--5:00 am strung out along the ecliptic.

  5. As the Morning Star, Venus is called the Son of Morning in the Bible or Bringer of Light: i.e., Lucifer.

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