April 7, 2020

Venus: A Pre-Transit Spring Showcase.

Venus in 2003. (Photo by Author)

The planet Venus is putting on quite a show for the spring of 2012, fresh off of its close conjunction with Jupiter on March 13th and enroute as to a starring role in the astronomical event of the year, its final transit in front of the Sun for this century on June 5th-6th. [Read more...]

Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!

A daytime Venus post-occultation in 2007!

(Photo by Author).

Here’s a fine neighborhood experiment to try. Next time the Moon is around 1st or Last Quarter, show your neighbors or passers-by its pale silver disk hanging in the cool blue sky. Did they know that the Moon can be seen in broad daylight? Perhaps not, but did you know that with a little practice you can see many of the naked eye planets in the daytime as well? Starting this week, spring of 2012 offers several opportunities to perform these feats of “astro-athletics… [Read more...]