Daily cosmobite: Venus and Neptune

Daily cosmobite: Venus and Neptune

Published by Nick Lomb on April 11, 2014 4 Comments

1_Venus and Neptune in one degree fov_Nick LombThe large distance of the outer planet Neptune from Earth means that the planet is too faint to be seen by eye and hence it is hard to find. Tomorrow morning the planet Venus passes about ¾th of a degree from Neptune providing an opportunity to find the faint planet through a pair of binoculars.

Venus and Neptune in a one degree field of View on the morning of 12 April 2014. Chart Nick Lomb

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4 Responses to “Daily cosmobite: Venus and Neptune”

  1. April 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm, Jim said:

    That’s very interesting. Could you please suggest a good time to see this from Perth WA?


    • April 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm, Nick Lomb said:

      Hello Jim. You should be able to see Venus and Neptune just before it starts becoming light, say between 5:00 and 6:00 am WST. Note though that the two planets have now moved further apart with Neptune on the side of the faint star HIP 111398, about two moon widths or one degree from Venus.


  2. April 11, 2014 at 11:29 am, Roberto said:

    That’s very interesting and helpful. Thank you. There’s a slight typo though in the first sentence. It should read ‘outer planet Neptune’.


    • April 11, 2014 at 11:57 am, Nick Lomb said:

      Thanks Roberto. Fixed.




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