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    Re: Venus in daylight
    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

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