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Bright Object in Western Sky - Many Many People Noticing

 
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I keep seeing this object after sunset in the western sky. Very high up like 45 degrees, far too high to be Venus.

Saw it again last night.

Did a GLP search and came up with half a dozen threads of people all over seeing this thing, as well. WTF is this thing.

Venus usually also produces a 5 pointed star due to the way is phases similarly to the moon in a crescent. This thing does not have a classic 5 pointed star flare to it. More like a 6 pointed flare.

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if you are in NYC- what is the bright star like object in the western sky?
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Brightest star in the western sky right now?
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really bright orange star in the western sky of northen europe tonight...
Thread: really bright orange star in the western sky of northen europe tonight...

UK GLPERS STAR WESTERN SKY NOW
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Planet X/Nibiru/Whatever was visible tonight in the western sky
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Planet low in western sky is huge!! Which one is it??
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ONCE IN A WHILE... people mistake Venus this way. One person will post and it will quickly be discarded. Here we have 6 posts, I am sure there are another 10 to go with that, maybe more. This is unusual.
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Venus has a tight little orbit around the Sun, that is why it cannot possibly stray more than 10-20 degrees from the horizon after sunset.
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Massive bright celestial object during sunset.
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did anyone see a planet or star or ufo at sunset?
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Bright 'star' at sunset
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This happens every year around this time for some reason.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 961021


according to this chart, Venus should follow the Sun right over the horizon with a slight twist because of the 22 degree tilt of the Earth. The object I am seeing doesn't even come close to following the Sun over the horizon not by a long shot. I have never seen Venus in the position that this obejct is, not even close. Not even half that high ever.
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ok fine fuck it
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Venus is going to be doing some interesting things from now till December 2012.
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I'd like to have 1 freakin' night without a dense cloud cover.

I awoke to more snow this morning!

So far, Spring has sprung a leak and I'm sick of it.

So sorry, but whatever you can see in sky is lost behind a cloudbank from where I'm standing, dripping wet.
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its odd, theres a really bright object in the sky after sunrise and it disappears after sunset here. So bright infact that I have to wear sunglasses during the day. any ideas on what this object is?
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Your quoting GLP threads - Just check any reputable source first - surely.

Hell even wikipedia will show you Venus CAN and DOES move upto 45/6 Degrees, as for the pointed star shit I have been spotting Venus and other planets for years and never seen any 'pointy' ones!

Try downloading an online free skymap to see where it should be - you'll see it is there.
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Hey OP, i know what you're talking about. i saw it too. I was hoping to write it off as venus. i'm gonna check celestia and see where venus is...

could it be the near miss we're suposed to get tomorow?
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Venus has a tight little orbit around the Sun, that is why it cannot possibly stray more than 10-20 degrees from the horizon after sunset.
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You're thinking of Mercury. Venus' orbit is not nearly as tight and can stray much higher, roughly 48 degrees high. That said I was just looking at it last night and I measured Venus to be no higher than about 30 degrees at sunset, nowhere near 45. How are you measuring the altitude?
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Venus has a tight little orbit
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Sounds kinky
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Venus has a tight little orbit


Sounds kinky
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intergalactic porn

a whole new genre
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Re: Bright Object in Western Sky - Many Many People Noticing
Venus is going to be doing some interesting things from now till December 2012.
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Really? Will it do tricks? I haven't seen any yet, but I'll keep watching...
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I think it might be the space station you are seeing. It used to be more in the southern sky, but as the seasons roll on it is now more in the southwest. Or are you speaking even more "west"?
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I saw it too, definitely Venus. Looked just like Venus that I've seen 100's of times over many, many years.

Protip: Venus is the reality behind the majority of UFO reports.
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ok fine fuck it
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Venus. Get over it.
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I saw it too, definitely Venus. Looked just like Venus that I've seen 100's of times over many, many years.

Protip: Venus is the reality behind the majority of UFO reports.
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I agree. That good video posted on here a month ago with a crowd watching a 'UFO' flashing colours from the forest was clearly Venus.
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Venus has a tight little orbit around the Sun, that is why it cannot possibly stray more than 10-20 degrees from the horizon after sunset.

You're thinking of Mercury. Venus' orbit is not nearly as tight and can stray much higher, roughly 48 degrees high. That said I was just looking at it last night and I measured Venus to be no higher than about 30 degrees at sunset, nowhere near 45. How are you measuring the altitude?
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Hey Astronut!

Didn't think it would be long before you bestowed some wisdom.

Will you be broadcasting again anytime soon - I would like to tag along!

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Hey Astronut!

Didn't think it would be long before you bestowed some wisdom.

Will you be broadcasting again anytime soon - I would like to tag along!

hf
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Yeah, I'll broadcast again before too long. Haven't decided on a date yet, but I know it won't be this weekend.
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I saw it too, definitely Venus. Looked just like Venus that I've seen 100's of times over many, many years.

Protip: Venus is the reality behind the majority of UFO reports.

I agree. That good video posted on here a month ago with a crowd watching a 'UFO' flashing colours from the forest was clearly Venus.
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I've never seen Venus flash colors, but I've seen pleanty of color from some of the bigger stars when they are near the horizon.

Sirius is to the left of Venus in the south-western sky in the evening.

It will twinkle colors like mad when it is setting or rising.
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I havnt seen it yet, but I'll keep an eye out for it at sun set.
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it's "venus" the massive starship. she is just turning up the lights. for a reason..
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I keep seeing this object after sunset in the western sky. Very high up like 45 degrees, far too high to be Venus.

Saw it again last night.
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Careful with that. It's harder than you think to gauge the angle. Are you using a sextant or something? I always find myself way off by eye, compared to when I set coordinates using my telescope; I always think I'm looking higher than I am.

Anyway, from where I'm sitting Venus is about 22 degrees altitude at sunset, at -3.83 magnitude: if what you're seeing is extremely bright it's probably Venus. The bright star Capella, 0.05 magnitude, is also in the western sky at 43 degrees, so that might be your object.

If what you're seeing isn't Venus, then it should be very obvious that it isn't Venus, because Venus will be there in the sky as well, lower down in the sunset. If you're looking at Capella, it will be about as far above Venus as Venus is above the horizon. So find Venus, and tell us where your object is relative to that.
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I saw a very bright object that seemed to blink, not the twinkle that you associate with the stars that was in the Western sky. Venus had already disappeared behind the mountain across from my house so I was pretty sure I wasn't confusing this object with Venus. It seemed to move quite quickly in the night sky but I'm not really saying that I think it was moving. The time was about 10:45 p.m. so I decided to take a look the next night. I watch Venus disappear and was out of sight by 10:00 from the area I can view. That night was as clear as a bell but I did not see the bright object again. It was not in the sky and I stayed up until 11:15. This object was very very bright and I will repeat, it blinked. I don't know if it's the same object you are seeing but it was in my Western sky.
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I think it might be the space station you are seeing. It used to be more in the southern sky, but as the seasons roll on it is now more in the southwest. Or are you speaking even more "west"?
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cant mistake the ISS coz its hauling ass and is only visible for a few minutes at best. right?
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It is Venus BUT it is Millions of miles closer to the Earth than it should be.. that is the issue that is why it is so bright
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I saw a very bright object that seemed to blink, not the twinkle that you associate with the stars that was in the Western sky. Venus had already disappeared behind the mountain across from my house so I was pretty sure I wasn't confusing this object with Venus. It seemed to move quite quickly in the night sky but I'm not really saying that I think it was moving. The time was about 10:45 p.m. so I decided to take a look the next night. I watch Venus disappear and was out of sight by 10:00 from the area I can view. That night was as clear as a bell but I did not see the bright object again. It was not in the sky and I stayed up until 11:15. This object was very very bright and I will repeat, it blinked. I don't know if it's the same object you are seeing but it was in my Western sky.
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Well, if it was visibly moving relative to the stars, then it certainly wasn't a star or a planet. Some satellites blink, but fewer nowadays than used to; it happens if they're spinning, as sunlight glints off different parts of the structure. If not, then it was probably an aircraft of some kind.

You can get forecasts for overflights of various spacecraft for any location in the world here:

[link to www.heavens-above.com]

Pull off a schedule for your site, and then go out and spot yourself a few satellites so you'll know what they look like in future.
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I'd like to have 1 freakin' night without a dense cloud cover.

I awoke to more snow this morning!

So far, Spring has sprung a leak and I'm sick of it.

So sorry, but whatever you can see in sky is lost behind a cloudbank from where I'm standing, dripping wet.
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We had 107* in South Texas yesterday. Want some of ours? 88* is the normal high this time of year. A more reasonable 91* today. Cloudless, bright blue skies...beautiful, but HOT. And no breeze...which is NOT normal at all. Supposed to be in the mid-90's the rest of the week. Mosquitoes are bad from a lot of rain in the last couple of weeks.

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