A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Antoine Couëtte
Date: 2015 Feb 18, 00:42 -0800
Feb 18th, by 08:30 UT
Hello to all,
1 - Looking up my cristal bowl, I can see that on Feb 22nd, 2015 by 06h24m29.7s TT (i.e. approximately 06h23m25s UT1) the Geocentric angular distance/separation between the centers of Venus and Mars will be minimum and close to 1,481.2 " (24.7') i.e. less than the Moon or Sun Diameter seen from Earth . And,
2 - Likewise, on Feb 21st, 2015 by 03h00 UT, and observed from a position in the vicinity of N35°/W135° Venus, Mars and the New Moon should be visible in a quite narrow circle, less than about 1° radius. And,
3 - From that same N35°/W135° Position, on Feb 22nd, 2015 by 03h00 UT, i.e. in the evening (and maybe also for the next following 2 evenings) Lady Moon, and Venus / Mars should be in a configuration for a double simultaneous Camera Lunar (Moon and Mars/Venus @ 15° degrees apart).
This brings up 2 questions:
To you NavList Colleagues - Paul, Peter, Andrés, (and Hewitt, and others ?) - and in relation to point 1 hereabove, what does your own cristal bowls say regarding the upcoming time and minimum geocentric angular separation between the centers of Venus and Mars ? And,
To you my Dear Greg, any opportunity for an historical picture on Feb 21st, from California in the evening, and for a double simultaneous Camera Venus Lunar and Mars Lunar in that same Feb 21st evening, or in the evening of Feb 22 nd ?
Thanks to all for your Kind Attention, thanks in advance to whoever will give his own reply to point 1 here-above (such reply can also and rather easily be dug out from a plain Nautical/Astronomical Almanac).
Antoine M. "Kermit" Couëtte
PS: Hopefully no-typos here-above. They usually show up ONLY AFTER I hit the "launch" button, and almost never during the previous proofreading examinations.