Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

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Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

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Since Venus was passing Jupiter and Mercury in the spring, the evening star has hugged the horizon with a vengance! I tried to see the triple conjunction, and failed miserably. Only a few weeks after the fact, without trying, did I see a lone Venus with a totally clear western horizon, going to a local Tesco late one evening!

Since then, it has been crawling along that horizon, till only two weeks ago, I finally saw it again, now in the SW, VERY low down. I've seen similar low apparition, but usually I can see Venus from an upstairs southwest facing window above the row of houses directly behind ours. But not this year!

So, can anyone else say they've seen a worse evening apparition of Venus? Is the current one one of the worst possible?

Discuss! :)

Mark
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Re: Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

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Dear Mark,
I have not been able to see it at all.
Wondered where it was.

regards, David
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Re: Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

Post by Brian »

Probably not far off that honour :) Venus is well south of the SUN IN Sco-Sgr and doesn't get much above 11 degrees altitude even when due south.

Mind you, low in the SW suits my horizons and I've seen Venus a number of times recently :wink:

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Re: Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

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So, can anyone else say they've seen a worse evening apparition of Venus?

Yes, those of 1997, and 2005. The outlook for 2021 is much the same.
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Re: Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

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Yes, due to the 8-year cycle of similar apparitions, isn't it?

I remember the 1973(-ish) apparition as one of my first experiences with Venus, as I got my first telescope (30x40mm refractor!). It was low, but as I said, I could see it from a bedroom window easily, and this is just not the case this year from the same house!

Mark
Scopes: Celestron C8 Classic (Black-1990), Skywatcher Heritage 130P Flexitube (2014).
EPs: Plossls - 24mm, 16mm ES Maxvision 68°; 18mm, 12mm, 8mm BST Explorer 60°; Kellners - 25mm Celestron; 40mm & 9mm Japanese; MA - 25mm & 10mm Skywatcher; Skywatcher 2x Barlow.
Binos: Helios Apollo 15x70. CZJ Jenoptem 10x50W, Manfrotto 679B Monopod/DynaSun WT011H 3/8 TriggerGrip Ballhead, Vanguard PhotoTripod (T-120223AB). Olympus 8x40 DPS I. Halina Discovery 8x30 [x2].
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Re: Worst evening apparition of Venus ever?

Post by brian livesey »

Nature has her own agenda, whether we like it or not. There are many occasions when skywatching requires patience.
When Venus does rise to an acceptable altitude, a Herschel prism is a useful observational accessory for reducing the planet's glare.
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