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mlyonsd
03-26-2012, 11:01 AM
Venus visible in daytime sky today: Here's how to see it

By Published March 26, 2012| Space.com

The planet Venus has been dominating the nightime sky recently, but did you know it's possible to see the bright world in the daytime? Today (March 26), Venus can be spotted in the afternoon if you know where and when to look.

In fact, a daytime apparition of Venus in the sky (http://www.space.com/15030-venus-jupiter-conjunction-nasa-webchat.html) was famously spotted by none other than President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

It was March 4, 1865, and the streets of Washington, D.C., were packed with crowds watching the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln for his second term as president. Suddenly someone in the crowd spotted something strange in the sky: a tiny brilliant point of light. Excitement swelled through the crowd as each person pointed it out to their neighbor. The commotion even reached as far as the Lincoln himself, and soon he too was pointing at the brilliant point in the sky.

One of Lincoln's bodyguards, Sergeant Smith Stimmellater, described it this way: "Soon after the President concluded his address, he entered his carriage, and the procession started up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, the escort from our Company following next to his carriage. Shortly after we turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue, west of the Capitol, I noticed the crowd along the street looking intently, and some were pointing to something in the heavens toward the south. [Great Skywatcher Photos of Venus and Jupiter (http://www.space.com/14671-photos-venus-moon-jupiter-conjunction-skywatching-images.html)]

"I glanced up in that direction, and there in plain view, shining out in all her star-like beauty, was the planet Venus. It was a little after midday at the time I saw it, possibly near one o'clock; the sun seemed to be a little west of the median, the star a little east. It was a strange sight. I never saw a star at that time in the day before or since. The superstitious had had many strange notions about it, but of course it was simply owing to the peculiarly clear condition of the atmosphere and the favorable position of the planet at that time. The President and those who were with him in the carriage noticed the star at the same time."

This week, nearly a century and a half later, you can duplicate this famous observation. The sky map of Venus in daylight (http://www.space.com/15036-venus-daylight-skywatching-tips.html) for this story shows where Venus and the moon will appear at 4 p.m. relative to the sun.

Venus is quite easy to see in a clear blue daylight sky, if you know exactly where to look, and if you can focus your eyes on it. What makes today's Venus appearance special is that the waxing crescent moon will be right next to Venus (http://www.space.com/15030-venus-jupiter-conjunction-nasa-webchat.html) in the sky, showing you exactly where to look, and giving your eyes something to focus on.

Here's how to see it:

Go out around 4 p.m. local time on Monday, and position yourself so that the sun is behind a chimney or rooftop to your right. Blocking the sun is always essential if you're looking anywhere close to the sun. WARNING: Never look directly at the sun with your unaided eye or through binoculars or telescopes without special light filters. Severe eye damage can result.

Then face due south, and look two-thirds of the way up the sky towards overhead. If the sky is clear, you should be able to clearly see the crescent moon. Look just above the moon, and you should be able to see Venus as a tiny brilliant pinpoint of light.

If you have difficulty, try using binoculars to focus on the moon. Before using binoculars, make doubly sure that the sun is still safely behind the chimney or rooftop. Always take extreme care when using binoculars in a daytime sky and never point them at the sun without using a solar filter.

Venus is not the only object currently shining bright in the evening and nighttime sky. Tonight, Venus will appear near the moon and Jupiter for the second night in a row in an event that astronomers call a conjunction.

At sunset tonight, Venus will appear in the west just to the right of the crescent moon with Jupiter shining below. In the eastern night sky, Mars is also currently visible at night and is unmistakeable due to its reddish hue.
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talastan
03-26-2012, 11:06 AM
Being able to watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the night sky the past several days has been a lot of fun for me and my family. :thumb:

gblowfish
03-26-2012, 11:08 AM
Being able to watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the night sky the past several days has been a lot of fun for me and my family. :thumb:

Just make sure Uranus remains under cover of darkness....

mlyonsd
03-26-2012, 11:08 AM
Being able to watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the night sky the past several days has been a lot of fun for me and my family. :thumb:We had a fire pit Saturday night and shot off fireworks. It was awesome.

Bowser
03-26-2012, 11:12 AM
Venus has been bright in the night sky, with Jupiter in the background. They've bracketed the moon the last night or two. Cool sight.

Discuss Thrower
03-26-2012, 11:14 AM
Did you guys know that Lincoln had a secretary named KENNEDY...?!
aaaaand Kennedy had a secretary named LINCOLN?!!

Trevo_410
03-26-2012, 11:20 AM
coincedence?

bevischief
03-26-2012, 11:47 AM
Cloudy here today.

Fritz88
03-26-2012, 11:50 AM
Sky is as clear as it has been in a while.

I noticed two stars aligned with the moon, it look beautiful.

seclark
03-26-2012, 11:50 AM
Just make sure Uranus remains under cover of darkness....

i never get in on these threads quick enough to pop off w/a uranus joke.
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SPATCH
03-26-2012, 11:55 AM
the moon/venus/jupiter has been extra crazy the last few nights. just incredible.

I'm definitely going to try to sneak out of work at 4 to check this out today

WV
03-26-2012, 12:06 PM
Yet another reason I'd like to have a nice telescope.

Bowser
03-26-2012, 12:09 PM
Sky is as clear as it has been in a while.

I noticed two stars aligned with the moon, it look beautiful.

Those stars are actually Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter one.

Frazod
03-26-2012, 12:13 PM
A couple of weeks ago I noticed two really bright lights that were for a time right next to each other - I assume it was Mars and Venus as bright as they were. But they were so bright and close together that it almost looked like eyes. It was really cool.

Dave Lane
03-26-2012, 12:19 PM
Being able to watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the night sky the past several days has been a lot of fun for me and my family. :thumb:

I've been out camping in the country getting some pictures from our dark sky site and Venus was so bright it was interfering with pictures I was taking 30 away from it.

Dave Lane
03-26-2012, 12:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago I noticed two really bright lights that were for a time right next to each other - I assume it was Mars and Venus as bright as they were. But they were so bright and close together that it almost looked like eyes. It was really cool.

Actually you're close except that was Jupiter and Venus. Mars is coming up later in the evening it's at it's zenith at around midnight you can see it to the east in the early evening and it's kind of got a reddish glow to it so you can tell that it's mars due to the slight red tinge.

Frazod
03-26-2012, 12:28 PM
Actually you're close except that was Jupiter and Venus. Mars is coming up later in the evening it's at it's zenith at around midnight you can see it to the east in the early evening and it's kind of got a reddish glow to let so you can tell that it's mars due to the slight red tinge.

I stand corrected. It was very neat, though. I don't ever remember seeing them so close.

I can imagine it might have scared the crap out of our superstitious ancestors.

Hog Farmer
03-26-2012, 12:34 PM
A couple of weeks ago I noticed two really bright lights that were for a time right next to each other - I assume it was Mars and Venus as bright as they were. But they were so bright and close together that it almost looked like eyes. It was really cool.


Those were headlights you idiot ! Were you like driving down a highway .

mlyonsd
03-26-2012, 01:34 PM
I've been out camping in the country getting some pictures from our dark sky site and Venus was so bright it was interfering with pictures I was taking 30 away from it.I figured you were on top of it.

cosmo20002
03-26-2012, 02:07 PM
[SIZE=2]Venus visible in daytime sky today

And Serena?

WV
03-26-2012, 03:16 PM
I can't see them here.

Dave Lane
03-26-2012, 04:36 PM
I can't see them here.

Look up.

WV
03-26-2012, 05:56 PM
I can see them now. At 4 o'clock I couldn't though.

notorious
03-26-2012, 05:58 PM
Clouds and blowing dust can go to hell.



Damnit!

R8RFAN
03-26-2012, 06:16 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/426eefa2-f8c9-35f1.jpg



http://img.tapatalk.com/426eefa2-f8e2-d0c4.jpg


HTC Inspire/Cleardroid

notorious
03-26-2012, 07:31 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/426eefa2-f8c9-35f1.jpg



http://img.tapatalk.com/426eefa2-f8e2-d0c4.jpg


HTC Inspire/Cleardroid

Wow, it's like you can reach out and touch it.



I can spend hours looking at the night sky, and dream.


Nice pics.

Donger
03-26-2012, 07:40 PM
Damn wildfires.

WV
03-26-2012, 07:44 PM
Great night for viewing tonight.....I gotta get a telescope.

mlyonsd
03-26-2012, 08:09 PM
My thread and it's cloudy/hazy here with 30mph winds. Karma.