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Monday, June 27, 2005

Saw them!

I definitely saw Venus tonight with Mercury hanging lower and to the left, so close that I needed to use binoculars to separate them. My view was through a tiny opening in the gathering evening clouds, so I did not see Saturn, which was hanging lower into fading twilight and was obscured by tendrils of clouds.

This was in the early twilight just after 9:00 tonight. Thick clouds rapidly condensed out of the cooling moisture-laden atmosphere and put an end to my observations.

Could be worse, I suppose. In Trondheim, Norway, the sun did not set until 11:34 last night, and rose at 3:04 this morning! That makes summertime astronomy a little difficult!

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