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    Crescent Venus
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Jul 1, 08:41 +0100

    There's been discussion recently on the HASTRO-L (history of astronomy)
    mailing list about whether the crescent shape of Venus can be discerned with
    the naked eye.
    I hope Geoffrey Kolbe won't mind if I retell, for Navlist readers, a
    delicious little story he posted to that list, as follows-
    "There is a story that when Gauss was a boy, he built a telescope and
    invited his mother to look at a crescent Venus through it. His mother duly
    obliged and then asked why it was upside down..."
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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