Sunday, February 26, 2012

Naked Eye Venus In Broad Daylight!

I read about seeing Venus during daylight hours before but it sounded pretty hard to find under normal circumstances. But on Saturday the moon was really close to Venus in the sky making it pretty easy to find. So I went out at about noon and found it. This is the first time but hopefuly not the last time I see Venus in the middle of the day. Anyway on to the pictures.

Can you find Venus to the lower right of the moon? It's about 4-6 moon lengths down and a few over. You may need to enlarge the image to find it.

Here is a zoom with more contrast that should make it much easier.

Here's another wide view.

And enhanced.

You can see Venus during the day when ever it's up and the sky is mostly clear. It's pretty amazing seeing a planet in the middle of the day. If you have a smart phone get an app like google sky (free) and it can help guide you to the area in the sky to look. Or with a little prep on the web you can find a sky chart that can help point you to the area to look. Or wait till the Moon is close to Venus again to help you out. Good luck!