I gasped when I saw this spectacular view of the waxing crescent Moon and Venus. Of course, it was much prettier in real life than what the camera could capture! This sight was visible at 10:00 p.m. on May 19, 2007.
Venus is a very bright planet due to its size and proximity to the sun and the Earth. It is the only planet named for a female, the Roman goddess of beauty and love. Being the only "female" in the collection of 8 planets, she has to be a little different! Not only does Venus rotate (spin on her axis) very slowly, the angle of her axis is tilted nearly 180 degrees (south and north are reversed), so she also spins backwards! If you could live on Venus (which you couldn't because of the hotter-than-an-oven heat and a crushing, poisonous atmosphere), your day would be equal to nearly 4 Earth days and the sun would rise in the west and set in the east! Venus has an active crust with mountains, volcanoes and "Venusquakes".