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Venus Image 2018/02/25(UT)

Paul G. Abel

Paul G. Abel
Finally getting over the nasty bout of flu I had recently- 
I ventured out this afternoon and made my first drawing of Venus in the new Eastern Elongation.  
I would only recommend experienced observers try this as the planet is still very close to the sun, 
as a result the phase is 98% and the disk diameter small at 10.0''.  
Although seeing was rather poor, a number of things were observed:
Illuminated Disk: This is probably the fullest phase I've ever observed on Venus.  
Seeing conditions were poor but it did seem as though there were a number of dusky cloud bands streaking across the planet. 
I also had the impression of two bright spots- the one furthest south seemed to be brighter.
Bright Limb Band: Hard to differentiate from the rest of the disk.
Terminator: Geometrically regular.
Cusp Caps:  Both present but the southern cusp seemed to be larger and brighter.
Cusp Collars:  Hard to make out.

[Paul G. Abel:Leicester:United Kingdom]

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