Re: Venus?

Jim Scotti (jscotti@LPL.Arizona.EDU)
Sun, 1 Mar 1998 14:31:04 -0700 (MST)

Hi Earl,
  Yes, it is possible to see Venus in daytime, but it helps to know very
closely were to look for it.  A friend and I got in the habit of looking
for it nearly every day on the way back from lunch when it was in the
evening sky a few months back and were successful every clear day until it
got too close to the sun.  It's now out in the morning sky and is well
placed and favorably bright to be seen in the daytime right now.  Your
best bet is to look when the moon is very close to it (about 3 weeks from
now), and since it is in the morning sky, look for it before lunchtime,
when Venus should be close to the meridian and at its highest.  You can
use any of the PC planetarium programs like The Sky to get an idea how far
up in the sky and in what direction it should be and then good luck!  It's
hard at first, but when you pick it out, you'll wonder why you didn't see
it right away.  One problem is when looking at a blank blue sky, your eyes
don't like to focus at infinity since there's nothing there to be seen,
but after some work, you can get past that and hopefully will see Venus. 
One other "cheat" is to watch it starting in twilight in the morning and
watch it as the sun rises, then you'll see what it's like to see it later
in the day - might help you pick it out sooner. 

Good luck!


On Sun, 1 Mar 1998, Earl Needham wrote:

> 	How difficult is it to see Venus in the daytime?  I've heard/read that
> it's possible, if you know just where to look.
> 	Thanks,
> 	Earl
> Earl Needham, KD5XB    mailto:KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG
> Clovis, NM	DM84
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Jim Scotti                              
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory 
University of Arizona                520/621-2717 
Tucson, AZ 85721 USA