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Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: January 7th, 2020, 12:46 pm
by Christopher K.
Venus is brilliant in the night sky at this time. Don't miss it.

The sole Evening Elongation of Venus during 2020 will be in late March. HRPO personnel will be at the Burbank Soccer Complex when Venus has its Elongation at the following time...
*Tuesday 24 March, 9pm to 10:30pm CDT (in Aries)

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/planet_times.html

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: January 27th, 2020, 5:40 pm
by Christopher K.
You will want to use a telescope to see the astounding less-than-a-quarter degree conjunction of Venus and Neptune this evening. It gets dark at 7pm, so there will be not much time. Go outside and face west-southwest to see Venus--right above the waxing crescent Moon. You will probably just glimpse Neptune in a five-degree FOV, though two- or one- is better. At 7pm Neptune (oh-so-slightly lower) will be twenty degrees up. Go right out at 7pm!

Pertinent graphic:
https://s22380.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploa ... an28ev.jpg

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: February 26th, 2020, 4:54 pm
by Christopher K.
A good preparation for kids prior to the Elongation is the Science Academy session "Venus", which will take place on Saturday 21 March from 10am to 12pm. The Cadets will learn how the surface features of Venus are named, past missions and any plans for future exploration. The cost is five dollars per EBR-parish kid and six dollars per other-parish kid; the kid must be eight- to twelve-years-old.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: March 3rd, 2020, 4:22 pm
by Christopher K.
On the night of Sunday the 8th, Venus shares a three-degree FOV with Uranus (at that time magnitude 5.9) and with mag 6.0 M-class HIP9533. This arrangement is visible theoretically from 8:29pm to 9:53pm CDT, though one should keep in mind the trio will be setting in the constellation Aries, and Venus will be a brilliant mag -4.3. The M-class star will be twenty-six degrees high at 8:29pm, and eight degrees high at 9:53pm.

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: March 24th, 2020, 11:11 am
by Christopher K.
Obviously as HRPO personnel cannot guarantee the gathering will stay at ten or fewer people, the Venus Elongation viewing has been canceled. However, please attempt a viewing from home. Venus can probably be seen beginning at ~7:05pm CDT.

Here are the times at which Venus sinks to certain altitudes...
7:19pm = 45˚
7:43pm = 40˚
8:06pm = 35˚
8:29pm = 30˚
8:53pm = 25˚
9:16pm = 20˚
9:40pm = 15˚
10:05pm = 10˚

This is the NOAA forecast for 8:45 CDT...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 32%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, SW 14 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "bad" (1 out of 5). This is a very good forecast!

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: April 20th, 2020, 5:39 pm
by Christopher K.
Venus reaches its point of greatest evening brilliancy for 2020 on Monday 27 April during the 8pm hour. All evenings from the 25th to the 29th should have Venus at an amazing magnitude -4.5!

How early can Venus be seen? Here's are some estimated times...
Sat 25 Apr, 7:20pm
Sun 26 Apr, 7:21pm
Mon 27 Apr, 7:21pm
Tue 28 Apr, 7:22pm
Wed 29 Apr, 7:23pm
During these evenings Venus will reside in Taurus, a little north of west in the sky. After its stationary period on 11 May, Venus will head back into the depths of Taurus, having inferior conjunction with the Sun (between Earth and the Sun) on 3 June, stationary again on 24 June, heading back the other way(!) through Taurus, until finally crossing over into Orion on 4 August.

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: April 27th, 2020, 4:23 pm
by Christopher K.
Tonight is the night!

Due to Venus’ orbiting the Sun, both its brightness and its phase (sunlit portion) changes as seen from the Earth. As bright as Venus will be, it'll actually be a crescent!

The show begins at about 7:30pm, when Venus can be spotted forty degrees up in the west (to the lower right of the crescent Moon). The planet will move slightly to the north as its sets; it should be seen in many locations as late as 10pm. [A word of caution: NOAA is predicting patchy fog until 6pm, but hopefully this will not hinder the view.]

More about Venus:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/venus/overview/

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: May 9th, 2020, 6:35 pm
by Christopher K.
There is a prediction for excellent conditions tomorrow night (Sunday the 10th). Look at Venus, it will be about magnitude -4.5 and visible setting in the northwest from about 7:30pm to 9:30pm CDT.

It is safe to view Venus until around 26 May, when it gets too close to the Sun. It will reappear in the morning sky around 10 June.

More information:
https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/V/Venus.html

Re: Venus Viewing, 2020

Posted: May 18th, 2020, 3:06 pm
by Christopher K.
S&T's Daniel Johnson is encouraging all with the appropriate equipment to view the phases of Venus. Inferior conjunction for Venus occurs on Wednesday 3 June during the 1pm CDT hour. This means that from Wednesday the 27th to Wednesday the 10th, Venus will exhibit a relatively large crescent.

More information:
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-n ... ses-venus/