I have read and listened to others discuss how they can see naked-eye some of the major planets during the day. I personally have done this with Venus but never with Jupiter or Saturn. Well, it helps if you have a large, extremely large celestial object to help you find it and on Wednesday, I have the waning gibbous moon to help me out.
I had gone to work at 7:00am at a local high school to help a teacher who is learning Google Classroom and at 8:05am I had to go to my car to get my Chromebook. While walking, and in truth, without thinking about it except that I had seen where Jupiter was located in position to the moon at 5:30am when I took our dog out, I looked up and then down and to the left and what to my wondering eyes did appear? Nope not a sleigh pulled by reindeer with a fat jolly old elf, we are past that now, far past that, but I saw the sharp reflection of light off a planet, a star like reflection that held steady. I looked away, and then back and sure enough I quickly located Jupiter and held it. In this case averted vision would lose it, you had to use direct vision. I did it again a few times when a friend an Assistant Principal came walking by during his sweep of the parking lot with student, and asked me what I was being weird about. I told him, showed him where to look and nope, his 47 year old eyes couldn't locate it. The 17 year old student easily captured it and thought it was cool he could see Jupiter during the day. I chalk my experience up to knowing where to look, and the fact the Sun wasn't that high up in the sky, Jupiter and the Moon were lower in the sky and conditions for seeing were really good.
So next time you know where to look, in the early morning as the Sun is climbing in the sky, see if you can spot one of our major planets that stays in the sky after sunrise. You just may surprise yourself like I did.
Well, I am being kinda of bad here and sharing some pictures that my friend Jorge took from out at Pit n Pole last night. I had some meetings I had to attend last night so the best I got was in the backyard with the 4" refractor. That's okay though. Anyway, these were taken by my friend Jorge and they show the Winter Sky at the observing location Pit n Pole. The snow is gone, the road are dry for the most part, but I am sure it is a little dewy out there since the Pit is always dewy this time of the year. I know my observing spot down is at 35 degrees with 50 percent humidity so much better than the Pit, but much farther out. Roads are dry with 4x4 or ATV's having cause winter ruts in the dirt roads out there from playing this winter. Here are these incredible shots by Jorge!
The two above show the Winter Milky Way and many wonderful winter objects, some that I labeled in the bottom shot.
A closer shot above of Orion's Belt and Sword region.
Orion's Belt and Messier 42, the Orion Nebula and Messier 43.
Jorge driving out from the Pit n Pole. Road is dray and good! Last night was probably the last good night, with the moon rising at 11:05pm. That would have given a good 5 hours of observing if you or I had gone out early yesterday afternoon, set up and was ready when it got dark. Sometimes you just have to do that!