From the May 2007 issue

Stephen James O’Meara’s secret sky: Venus and the South

May 2007: Venus' brightness will allow observers to view the planet.
By | Published: May 1, 2007 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Last month, I wrote about how Walt Whitman’s poem, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, compared President Abraham Lincoln and his last days to Venus. But did you know Lincoln spotted Venus in broad daylight — without optical aid — shortly before his death?