Frosty Belt of Venus

The Belt of Venus – not to be confused with Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus – is a delicate, rosy band of light that appears on the opposing horizon just before sunrise and just after sunset. Named for the girdle worn by the goddess Venus (if you ask me, the whole point of being a goddess is not needing a fucking girdle) the Belt of Venus is an atmospheric phenomenon created by the earth’s shadow being cast into outer space. 

I’ve seen this heavenly girdle countless times in my 50+ years without a name for it. FINALLY! I can rest at ease knowing it’s not the jockstrap of Hercules. 

Photo Credits: San Luis Belt of Venus  by Susan J. Preston, Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, CO © 2019, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-2 | 45.5mm (XF 16-55mm  f2.8 R LM WR) | 2.5 sec f18 |ISO 200

 

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