This sky map shows how to spot Venus in daylight on Monday, March 26, 2012. WARNING: Never look directly at the sun with your unaided eye or through binoculars or telescopes without special light filters. Severe eye damage can result.

Luminous Venus Puts on Afternoon Show on March 26 Starting at 4 p.m.


The Goddess of Love makes an appearance in the afternoon sky near the moon this afternoon, March 26, if you train your eye carefully—the two are near the sun, and looking in that direction without blocking the big st could damage one’s vision.

At about 4 p.m. local time, advises, make sure the sun is behind a chimney or rooftop to your right.

"Then face due south, and look two-thirds of the way up the sky toward overhead," said. "If the sky is clear, you should be able to clearly see the crescent moon. Look just above the moon, and you should be able to see Venus as a tiny brilliant pinpoint of light."

Binoculars can help focus you on the moon, which will bring your eye to Venus, said, but emphasizes the importance of keeping the sun out of the picture.

"Always take extreme care when using binoculars in a daytime sky, and never point them at the sun without using a solar filter," notes.

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