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Posted on September 8th, 2013 by george. Categories: Uncategorized.
Ok kids, this is time sensitive, so as soon as you read this you need to go outside if you’re going to catch it. The Moon moves fast enough in its orbit around the Earth that it won’t be this easy tomorrow. Today, Sunday September 8th, 2013, is a special day: you can see the planet Venus with your naked eye during the daytime. Seeing Venus (or other planets) during the daytime isn’t anything special for people with automated telescopes or Google Sky Maps, binoculars and a LOT of patience. But today there’s a trick: Venus and the Moon are in a conjunction (meaning they appear very close to each other in the sky). So if you can find the dim sliver of a crescent Moon in the daytime sky, you can find Venus. If you’re in North America, the Sun should already be in the western half of the sky. Right now, on the east coast, as of 5pm EST, you’re looking for the crescent Moon about halfway between the Sun and due south, and about halfway between the horizon and directly overhead. Even if you’re in a cloud-free area, it’s probably going to be hard to spot. But don’t give up! Keep looking, this is worth it. There’s no shame in using Google Sky Maps on your smartphone to lead you there. If you haven’t downloaded the app, this is a good time. As soon as you find the Moon, look directly above it about one Moon-width away. See that tiny white dot? That’s Venus! Congratulations! You have seen another planet with your naked eye DURING THE DAYTIME. Show your friends, this is a rare thing. But hurry, there are only a few hours left! If you wait until after sunset, the Moon and Venus will still be close together, and you’ll see just how bright Venus is: bright enough to overcome the scattered sunlight of a daytime sky on Earth.