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Daylight Venus

So you might actually get to see planet Venus in broad daylight tomorrow (June 30, 2011) if you know exactly where to look. And of course if the monsoon doesn’t spoil your planet watching session.

The moon will come directly between the Earth and Venus and for a while the planet will be right behind the moon during daytime in India. However, the event apparently can still be seen — first in Kandla, Gujarat around 1:03 p.m. From the West it will move towards the north east of India and end at Silchar, Assam around 1:57 p.m. After about an hour and 20 minutes later, Venus will come out from behind the moon.

The planet will be visible in a clear sky. The place to look for it is in context with the Moon. It will take about 30 seconds for Venus to disappear completely behind the moon and the same time to reappear again.

For more on the celestial event, here’s a good place to find information.

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    Gadi Eidelheit said:

    The best time to see Venus in the day is when the moon is near. It it always crescent moon, old or new. I’ve wrote some more tips on this issue in an article about Venus in daytime It is fun and a good exercise and you can show Venus to other who hardly believe that they see a planet….