Let’s say that Venus passed through the disk of the Sun today. What time of day will it be possible to see Venus in 1-2 weeks?

Let’s say that Venus passed through the disk of the Sun today. What time of day will it be possible to see Venus in 1-2 weeks? What will it look like through a telescope?

The transit of Venus across the disk of the Sun can only occur during the inferior conjunction of Venus, when it passes between the Sun and the Earth. In the sky at this time, she describes a loop, moving towards the Sun from east to west. Overtaking the Earth in its orbit around the Sun, the planet, 1-2 weeks after the lower conjunction, will move away from the Sun at a sufficient angular distance to the west and become visible in the morning before sunrise over the eastern horizon. Venus will be close enough to Earth, so its angular diameter will be close to its maximum. Most of the surface of Venus, facing the Earth, will not be illuminated by the sun’s rays, and in a telescope the planet will look like a narrow crescent with horns directed away from the Sun (in the northern hemisphere, in the direct image of the telescope, to the right).

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