Old Moon 20 hours from New (aka Old Moon Spotting)
Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:23 PM
Venus rose after the Moon. For a short time I saw both the Moon and Venus in binos, and then Venus unaided, but never the two together, unaided.
This observation was aided by several factors: an ocean horizon, clear (although hazy) skies, a moderately steep ecliptic angle at the sunrise azimuth, the Moon being north of the ecliptic, and 12 degree elongation from the Sun (perigee was Thursday), not to mention alert, prepared, and experienced observers! Quinn and I had made a dry run the previous day, and we were talking about it at night, so a small group joined us to look, while everyone else was in bed or actually packing to leave.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:21 AM
Glad you were able to take a stroll along the coast to visit the Keys. We're just waiting out a relatively mild winter here in Chicagoland, but nevertheless winter.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:36 PM