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Venus during the day, a test of relativity?

  1. Dec 21, 2005 #1
    At the moment you can easily see Venus at any time during the day with a small set of binoculars, or even with the naked eye if you look closely enough and know where to look-around about 31 degrees away from the sun. I was thinking about the experiment to test relativity, where starlight was bent by the suns gravity during an eclipse, and wondered whether Venus could be used in the same manner. Mind you, the glare from the sun, increases the closer it is, and for this experiment to work, Venus needs to be on the other side of the sun to us, and consequently reduces in brightness. Nonetheless, with a modest telescope, wouldn’t one still be able to conduct this experiment?
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