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Massive bright celestial object during sunset.

 
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Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
Was walking outside right about 7pm++ when the sun is setting.


I saw this huge very bright celestial object, not next to the sun but quite a distance, but in the same direction of the sun.


It is much brighter than the jupiter I used to see, or has jupiter gone nearby, or mercury, or venus?

It was extremely large and bright for it's size.

As time goes by it moves away in the direction the sun was going.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
That would be the sun.
The chariots of God are tens of thousands, and thousands of thousands.
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Last Edited by Shoot-Straight Johnny on 03/27/2010 08:43 AM
The chariots of God are tens of thousands, and thousands of thousands.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
That would be the sun.
 Quoting: ºFree Radicalº


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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
Got a very good view of the setting sun last night on my way home with no clouds. I didn't see anything else near it. I think if PX is out there, it's not visable yet.

Sorry OP, get a pic next time.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
Morning Shadowfox,
Sorry, but if I saw something bright near the sun, that wasn't the sun, I'd call the news stations or at least get a camera pic. That would be pretty big news.

Not sure if PX is visable yet.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
It's almost night time, and no it's not PX, because it's quite a big distance away after the sun is almost gone, but you can see it's extremely large and brighter than the Jupiter we usually see.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
Ok, it's either Mercury or Venus, it's March, they should be very visible around sunset now.

[link to www.xomba.com]

Mercury and Venus are visible a while after sunset late March- early April 2010
posted March 26, 2010 - 6:35pm


The image is courtesy of Sky and Telescope as part of Astonomy outreach.



Here is a link to sky and telescope

This is a good place to learn a bit about astronomy -- and professionals and amateurs alike read the magazine.



Nearly everyone has seen Venus, but it takes a few good clear evenings without clouds on the horizon to see Mercury for several days in a row. Right now, the ecliptic is more nearly vertical with respect to the horizon in the early Spring evenings than at other times of the year, improving your chances of seeing Mercury -- since when the Sun sets this time of the year, Mercury nears its eastern orbital elongation and is well above the horizon.

Use this link to see the path of Mercury with respect to Venus.



If you have a small telescope, you can see Mercury's phases. Since Venus and Mercury are planets insicde the Earths orbit, they appear to climb the sky from their conjuction with the Sun. Since their orbits are interior to the Earths, they catch-up with us and pass us on their way around the Sun -- which for Mercury is a rapid traverse of the sky.

I hope you get a chance to see it this time around!
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
mars or venus maybe.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
mars or venus maybe.
 Quoting: pauldamo 926692



Not mars for sure, it's in the same direction you see the moon.

I saw mars before I saw mercury.


It's reddish tint, not blinking. Not as visible now but you can still spot it with your naked eye if you pay attention.

It was quite visible last month though.
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
bump
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
sundog?
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Re: Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
Venus. Been watching it for weeks.
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