Saturday, September 25, 2004

Morning star

As I step out of the house to collect the paper at 5 AM, Venus is blazing in the eastern predawn sky, hugely bright. All month it has been there, moving away from Saturn in Gemini, past the Beehive star cluster in Cancer, heading for a close rendevous with Regulus a week from now.

People all over the globe have known Venus as the Morning Star. They have also taken note of the Evening Star, in the west at sunset. I wonder who was the first to guess it was the same object, slipping back and forth in its two guises?