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    Venus in daylight in southern latitudes
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2021 Oct 17, 10:46 -0700

    From roughly November 1 through December 15, Venus will again be easy to see in daylight. But this time around, unlike last year, the southern hemisphere gets the fun. For my latitude near 41°N the maximum altitude will peak around 25° when Venus is still at wide enough elongation from the Sun in December. By contrast for an observer near 41°S latitude [you know who you are! :-) ], Venus will be about 72° high. There will be another period with excellent daylight sighting opportunities when Venus is on the other side of the Sun in February and early March of 2022. These sighting opportunities are basically a mirror-image of the north-favored daylight Venus opportunities that occurred in April and August of 2020 which provided some good distraction during pandemic lockdown (especially during April 2020).

    I've been planning to mention these upcoming Venus in daylight viewing opportunities for some time, but a little "fun fact" article from the USNI yesterday provided the latest inspiration. They posted a short article about the elderly battleship USS New York approaching Iwo Jima in early 1945. Apparently they fired on Venus, mistaking it for a Japanese reconnaissance balloon, which it certainly would have resembled. 

    Frank Reed

       
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