venus from my kitchen window
In the last weeks I've been observing Venus from my kitchen window. A beautiful celestial body. Especially during the period it set together with the moon.
It is one of the few objects that survives the light pollution of the city and the late summer sunsets. The only other star that I can see easily is Capella (Alpha Aurigae).
I have been looking at it through my 20*80 binoculars but still I cannot see in which phase it is now. My kitchen is too small to set up the telescope.
We city dwellers have become estranged from the night sky. I cannot see Polaris because of the street lamps. How then can I find my orientation in this artificial landscape?