Venus as 2014 Morning Star

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Venus as 2014 Morning Star
Posted by Centaur on Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:54 AM
Brilliant Venus has ended its apparition as The Evening Star and is quickly popping into our eastern predawn sky as The Morning Star. Be prepared for reports of a UFO. Big Smile
 
I’ve created a more detailed article and preview graphics for this apparition that can be viewed at www.CurtRenz.com/venus
 
Photos and descriptions of Venus during its current morning apparition would be welcome additions to this thread.

 

 

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

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Posted by Centaur on Monday, January 20, 2014 12:51 AM
I’ve determined that for a few minutes surrounding 2014 APR 16 at 18:06 UT magnitude -4.2 Venus will occult the magnitude +3.8 star Lambda Aquarii. This will be a nighttime event for New Zealand and eastern Australia. It will be seen during the daytime by telescopic observers in most of the Pacific Ocean and the Americas. Occultations of relatively bright stars by planets are uncommon, so be prepared.

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Friday, February 21, 2014 6:08 PM

Hello Centaur,

 

I read your interesting post about this occultation, but I really wonder if, indeed, it is possible to observe this event.

The glare from Venus, coupled with the glare from the Sun, might be too much to contend with.

It might be possible, at least better, to try to make such a observation from the highest elevation one can find, to thin out the effects from the atmosphere.

Thank you for noting this event and making us aware of it. It should be awesome if observable, truly a once in a lifetime event.

Just some thoughts -- Clear Skies ----- Silveradogold Cool

 

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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