Moon | Venus | Can You Tell Which?

A quiz for you…

How I See It

One of these images is of the Moon onย 2 Feb 2017. The other image is of Venus on 3 Feb. Can you tell which is which? What isย your reasoning?



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11 thoughts on “Moon | Venus | Can You Tell Which?

  1. shoreacres

    Honestly? I don’t have a clue, because I could argue in either direction. But, I’m going to say the top photo is Venus, and the bottom one the moon. As I recall, Venus has been visible around sundown, so there’s the sky color. The smaller size could be an optical illusion, but the second photo seems crisper. Since the moon is closer, that makes sense.

    By the way, the email for your re-post just arrived, with a lag time of about a half-hour. WP knows about the issue, and is working on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jim Wheeler

    I’m guessing the one with the blue background is the moon. The moon is visible in the daytime on a clear day, so blue would be the sky, something I don’t think would be visible in an astronomical telescope.

    1. Jim Ruebush Post author

      Actually, the top one is of Venus. It has been setting well after the sun lately. On a clear day it is pretty easy to spot it in broad daylight. Thanks for trying, Jim.

  3. bkcitta

    After reading both comments, seem to agree with them, however prior to reading comments, favored the black image as the moon due to the circumference size…just seems larger…but they both look like the moon…wow..

  4. Mrs. P

    Okay, my instant reaction was Venus was the day picture. Then I rethought and decided I was basing it on the clarity of the bottom image, thinking the clear image was the moon which is faulty because the blur in the top image could have been from motion or haze.

    So, I decided to cheat…or be thorough and I googled it…so, without saying either way…I changed my original answer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Am I clever, lazy or brilliant? ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Mrs. P

        Nope…guess I was lazy. I even tried to find the link I Googled…and can’t. Sounds like one of your students, eh?


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