The Belt of Venus

Back in the late 19th century Austin was known as the “City of the Violet Crown,” a double reference to 1) a vision of Athens, Greece, whose crown was the violet marble of the Acropolis on a hill above the city and 2) the violet band of light just over the Hill Country at sunrise and sunset which astronomers call the Belt of Venus, which appears in many places besides here.

Sounds like a fashion accessory for toothsome women. Apropos of nothing except I got curious about Austin’s old claim and Googled it.

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