Yesterday (9-Dec) I went to Bryant Park (near the New York Public Library) after a half-day Friday at the office, to spot Venus naked eye after the storm. Blue skies predominated.
I've kept notes on the location of various azimuths (locations along the horizon in degrees) from my personal Uraniborg around the Bryant Park lawn so I knew approximately where to look for the planet. After searching for about a minute I spotted Venus fairly easily. Easier than usual for some reason. It was steadily seen and easily recovered when I looked back after taking notes.
The planet was spotted as it was southing (crossing the meridian) so it was considerably higher than the Sun.
I remember reading about seeing Venus' crescent naked eye only after viewing the planet. All I've ever remembered was that Venus appeared starlike but I never thought to check out if the crescent were visible.
Below are a few articles from The NASA Astrophysics Data System on seeing the phase of Venus naked eye. These appear to be some of the first published reports of sighting the crescent naked eye.
One of the articles mentions that when Venus is 40 arc seconds it is equivalent to seeing a 1" object approximately 430 feet away. If you've seen this could you let us know when this happened and the circumstances surrounding the sighting?
Is the Crescent Form of Venus Visible to the Naked Eye? by Campbell, W. W. (Apr./1916)
Publ. of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 28, No. 163, p.86
Notes & Queries: Phase of Venus seen w/the Naked Eye by Chant, C. A. (Jan./1929)
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 23, p.48
Notes & Queries: Crescent Venus seen w/the Naked Eye by Chant, C. A. (Mar./1929)
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 23, p.144
Notes & Queries: Venus as a Crescent w/the Naked Eye by Chant, C. A. (Jan./1935)
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 29, p.30
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Other references to phase sightings of Venus naked eye:
Inferential Evidence for the Pre-telescopic Sighting of the Crescent Venus by David Lance Goines
(Berkeley, California, 1992; version of Oct. 18, 1995)
Naked-eye detection of the phase of Venus
By Jay Reynolds Freeman (28 May 1996)
• Wikipedia: Phases of Venus
• Usenet '*astro*' : venus crescent naked-eye
• Google : venus-crescent or crescent-venus naked-eye
• NASA ADS Search : venus and crescent and 'naked eye'
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