A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2020 Apr 8, 14:12 -0700
Frank Reed you wrote:
Wake up your phone and say, "OK Google". If it vibrates briefly, immediately say, "What time is sunset on May 1st?" Does it answer you?
I did have that facility on the SIII my son gave me and on the G7 Power I bought for myself. I was quite tickled with it for about 30 minutes. After that I began to feel a bit self-conscious talking to a post card sized slab of glass, metal, and plastic, especially if anyone else was watching, so I went back to the tried and tested finger. What I did find by accident this morning after striking the wrong button was that my new PC will read PDFs to me. What I thought I might try, just to show it who’s boss, is to start it reading from page 1 of the Air Almanac when I go to bed this evening and see how far it’s got when I wake up tomorrow morning.
Reference Venus, I did slightly better tonight. I was a bit late getting into the Astrovan and getting the Mk 2c up, but I was able to see Venus almost immediately at 18.32 UTC, that’s about twenty minutes before my calculation for the Sun’s upper limb disappearing below the horizon. After a couple of minutes, I went outside to search with the naked eye, but I didn’t see Venus until 18.45 UTC, 7.5 minutes before sunset. However, while searching, I saw a little white dot high, high, up, travelling quite fast from left to right, flying past where Venus ought to be. In, fact I thought it was Venus at first until I realised it was moving. Can anyone suggest what it was, because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a Stratoseagull. DaveP