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Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Seeing Venus in the twilight (11 March 2018)

Venus seen in the twilight above the ocean at 20:08 ACDST. Taken with a Canon IXUS 400 ASA 1/20 minute exposure. Click to embiggen to see Venus clearly.Enlarged crop of the area to show location of Mercury. Venus uis the bright dot above Mercury

I have been able to see Venus for about a week (more due to the weather and clouds than due to its actual visibility), and yesterday was a good opportunity to see Venus and Mercury together. Sadly, although Veus was readily visible to the unaided eye 30 minutes after sunset, Mercury is still invisible without binoculars (it did {just] show up in the photos). Venus will become more prominent over the next weeks, with a nice encounter with the thin crescent Moon on the 19th. Mercury never gets better this month.

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