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    Re: venus
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2004 Oct 10, 21:02 -0500

    At 08:12 PM 10/10/04 +0100, George Huxtable wrote:
    >Frank Reed's prediction, and mine, for Michael Dorl's recent Venus lunar
    >show up an interesting discrepancy. We agree exactly on what the geocentric
    >lunar distance ought to be, 17d  00.7', but when we calculate the
    >near-limb-to-Venus angle, there's a difference. I get 16d 05.1'; Frank
    >calculates 16d 05.5'. So there's a discrepancy of 0.4' between us,
    >somewhere, in the process of allowing for semidiameter(s) and clearing the
    >lunar distance. Not an enormous divergence, and certainly much smaller than
    >the difference Michael Dorl observes with his measured distances. But
    >clearing the distance and allowing for semidiameter should be a rather
    >exact science, so I wonder why we disagree by that amount. It might be
    >enlightening to track it down.
    For whatever it's worth, my program using Mosier's routines gives a moon
    center to venus center
    refracted distance of 16d20m24.8s and a moon semi diameter of 15.065
    minutes.  Thus a venus
    center to moon near limb distance of 16d05m20.9s.  This assumes the time
    was 11-13-06UT,
    dt = 64.4, temperature 5C and pressure 1010.mb.  The program
    gives  16d21'14.15"  for the
    airless model.  I'd have to change my code to get the geocentric
    distance.  Can do that tomorrow
    if anyone cares.  The distance was calculated from topographic RA and DECL.
    I'm now thinking my problem was in my observations.  Will try some with
    stars and see if I can do better.
    My main interest here was to determine if I had a problem with my program.

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