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 Post subject: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: January 18th, 2017, 4:12 pm 
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On 31 January the Sun sets at 5:41pm. At that time the waning crescent Venus will be a whopping forty-three degrees up and the waxing crescent Moon will be five degrees to its upper left.


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 Post subject: Re: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: January 25th, 2017, 4:39 pm 
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When looking at Venus on the 31st, try 15x to 20x magnification and it may be noticed that the disk is only about forty percent lit.


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 Post subject: Re: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: February 1st, 2017, 7:49 pm 
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A continuation of the previous exercise is to note that Venus increases in diameter as its crescent shape shrinks. Take a look during twilight tonight, on the 15th and on the 28th. No description in a book or on a website can compare to the personal experience!


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 Post subject: Re: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: February 16th, 2017, 4:56 pm 
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This is the week of Venus' greatest brilliancy. The Starry Night Pro Plus gives -4.6. Venus stays above fifteen degrees altitude until 7:49pm and tomorrow night until 7:47pm. Roz and I used a 9.7mm (!) eyepiece last night in an Astroscan to see a crescent Venus at 46x.


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 Post subject: Re: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: February 27th, 2017, 2:37 pm 
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A presentation covering the characteristics and viewing opportunities of Mercury and Venus will be offered to the general adult public at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday 17 March from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. The talk has no admission fee.


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 Post subject: Re: Venus Viewing, 2017
PostPosted: March 2nd, 2017, 8:22 pm 
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It's not really a conjunction, but tonight if one can work past the haze to see Mars a nice lineup can be seen of Venus (lowest) with Mars to its upper left and the Moon to its upper left. Go look in the next few minutes, though!


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