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A bright ufo appears in background near Shuttle filmed May 19 2009. Just goes to show you that some unfiltered stuff does make it through NASA TV.
Originally posted by JimOberg
So how does this look different from the moon rising out from behind Earth's limb? How many different kinds of prosaic stimuli do you have to learn about before you can begin to filter out any signal -- important anomalous observations, if any -- from the overwhelming noise of normal shuttle-generated debris and celestial background?
Phases Of Venus
Since its orbit takes it between the Earth and the Sun, as seen from the Earth, Venus exhibits visible phases as same as Earth’s moon. Galileo Galilei was the first person to observe the phases of Venus in December 1610, an observation which supported Copernicus's then contentious heliocentric description of the solar system. He also noted changes in the size of Venus's visible diameter when it was in different phases, signifying that it was farther from Earth when it was full and nearer when it was a crescent. This inspection strongly supported the heliocentric model. Venus (and also Mercury) is not visible from Earth when it is full, since at that time it is at superior conjunction, rising and settings are along with with the Sun and so lost in the Sun's glare.
Originally posted by spikedmilk
Can we be certain its not Venus? Obviously its too far to be the moon but far enough to be a planet. Venus being the next brightest object in the sky.
Some will say "well it doesnt look round (like you'd expect the planet too...) but this looks very similar to when I see Venus in the telescope. It usually disappoints because I can get Saturn and Jupiter to look perfect. But Venus...always fuzzy.