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32-Year Anniversary: 3 Planets Naked-Eye Daytime Same Day!

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#1 chrysalis



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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:53 AM

It was a special day on 10-27-88.


I noted while driving to work that Jupiter was quite near the Moon, which could make it easy to spot after sunrise. Venus was at or near morning elongation, so that should be an easy target after sunrise too.


When I got to work, the sun was rising. There was Venus...and there was Jupiter!


I thought, "Wow, Jupiter and Venus in daytime!" This was the first time I ever saw Jupiter in daytime.


Little did I know what would happen late that afternoon...


We went food shopping and just before sunset we were walking toward the store, facing east. 


Mars was at or near opposition, and I saw it rising low in the east on the way into the store.


So: three planets naked-eye in the daytime on the same day!!



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Posted 27 October 2020 - 10:24 AM

I love pointing this kind of stuff out to people that truly have no idea.  Everyone I run into thinks they're just stars.  Blows their minds most times!


Funny enough I was born just a few days after this memory of yours! 11-05-88

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 11:44 AM

Very cool, Mark.  Thanks for sharing.


I've seen Jupiter and Venus - same day - many times, but I don't recall, for certain, whether one of those days also saw Saturn (after sunrise, for a brief time).  It would have been at the Weekend Under the Stars near Fox Park, Wyoming, likely between 1999 & 2003.  If I did manage Saturn (same day), it certainly wasn't a case of simply looking for it after sunrise; I would have "followed" it from pre-dawn to early morning.


I remember helping my family see mid-day Venus at my uncle's mountain cabin near Pagosa Springs, Colorado (with help from a "pointer" pine tree's crown).  They were quite surprised.




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Posted 27 October 2020 - 12:15 PM

Moving to Solar System Observing.



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Posted 27 October 2020 - 03:29 PM

well, someone has a pretty good memory.


Last month, I remember seeing Jupiter and Saturn as the Sun was going down.  Jupiter was the first "star" visible in the sky.  I saw Mars and Venus in the morning too, on the same day, but before daybreak.  So I can't claim to have seen so many planets during the same daytime.

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