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    Re: Venus
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2005 Dec 11, 23:04 -0000

    Bill wrote-
    
    > About sunset at N 40d 28' W 86d 56' January 13,
    > 2006 the suns declination will be approx. S22d 22' and Venus's S15d 56'.
    > So
    > for several minutes after sunset Venus will be above the horizon.  With a
    > difference of 6d 26' declination, a sliver of Venus's lower limb should be
    > illuminated .  As Venus will be approx. 1 arc minute in diameter, a 30
    > power
    > telescope should make it quite visible for a couple of minutes.
    
    I doubt if Bill will have much hope of seeing Venus under those
    circumstances. The difference in altitude between Venus and Sun will only be
    3 degrees or so. And it would be asking for trouble to start looking before
    the Sun has completely set.
    
    George
    
    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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