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Bright star in the west during sunset

 
Oh Tits
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Bright star in the west during sunset
I was on my way home from work when I noticed a star that appeared to be in the constellation Ophiucus, the direction that YU55 is supposed to be coming from. It's about 15 degrees above the ecliptic, and it was VERY bright when the sun was setting- almost just as bright as Jupiter. Could this thing be coming in earlier? Or could this thing actually be MASSIVE? I checked google sky and the only thing in the area was Venus, but Venus shouldn't have been this high above the ecliptic.

Maybe I'm mistaking for another star but I have never noticed this before. Has anyone else seen this?

I live in southern Indiana. I would get my scope on it but I live in an apartment complex and I can't get a good vantage point from here
You can call it chronic paranoia... I call it critical thinking
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Someone please prove me wrong
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11/07/2011 06:43 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw this last night, just after sunset and posted on here about it. Seems it must be Venus. Where I am (New Zealand) it was brighter and bigger than Jupiter. I could see both at the same time.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I was on my way home from work when I noticed a star that appeared to be in the constellation Ophiucus, the direction that YU55 is supposed to be coming from. It's about 15 degrees above the ecliptic, and it was VERY bright when the sun was setting- almost just as bright as Jupiter. Could this thing be coming in earlier? Or could this thing actually be MASSIVE? I checked google sky and the only thing in the area was Venus, but Venus shouldn't have been this high above the ecliptic.

Maybe I'm mistaking for another star but I have never noticed this before. Has anyone else seen this?

I live in southern Indiana. I would get my scope on it but I live in an apartment complex and I can't get a good vantage point from here
 Quoting: Oh Tits


You live in southern Indiana - so do we. I have noticed it too. A bright star I've never seen before. And it stays bright right until dawn. Not quite sure what it is.
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11/07/2011 06:50 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
[link to earthsky.org]

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11/07/2011 06:53 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
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This is opposing Jupiter in the western sky during sunset hours. I am a Jupiter junkie and love checking her out on the scope :)

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You can call it chronic paranoia... I call it critical thinking
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I was on my way home from work when I noticed a star that appeared to be in the constellation Ophiucus, the direction that YU55 is supposed to be coming from. It's about 15 degrees above the ecliptic, and it was VERY bright when the sun was setting- almost just as bright as Jupiter. Could this thing be coming in earlier? Or could this thing actually be MASSIVE? I checked google sky and the only thing in the area was Venus, but Venus shouldn't have been this high above the ecliptic.

Maybe I'm mistaking for another star but I have never noticed this before. Has anyone else seen this?

I live in southern Indiana. I would get my scope on it but I live in an apartment complex and I can't get a good vantage point from here
 Quoting: Oh Tits


If this isn't Venus, where is this "star" in relation to Venus, which is quite obvious in the southwest after sunset.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I was relying on Google Sky on my Droid phone to map the stars. Venus appeared to be maybe a degree or so above the ecliptic at this time. It seemed to be WSW, very near Venus-except about 15 degrees above it, almost directly inside the constellation Ophiuchus (well according to Google.....)
You can call it chronic paranoia... I call it critical thinking
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's Arcturus..
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Ok, angry wife just left. I'm going to pack up the scope and see if I can't get a good view. I'll update from my phone in about 20-30 mins
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's Arcturus..
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It didn't appear to be shimmering like stars further away should be :-/
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I've seen this, too! Definitely something new at the horizon that hasn't been there long and is very bright! Let us know what you find out, OP. I would be most interested!
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11/07/2011 07:09 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's Mercury
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11/07/2011 07:24 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I wondered too, very bright in the setting sun.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's Arcturus..
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3906950


It didn't appear to be shimmering like stars further away should be :-/
 Quoting: Oh Tits


I can assure you that it's Arcturus.. Follow the dipper handle outward and it points right to it..
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw it as well but it set soon after the sun, same one?
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Well what I saw this evening was a bright star like object but it was more in the east northeast, it was out just as the moon was coming up before any stars were out...what would that be
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw it. Very bright, especially being in the remaining light from the setting sun. Didnt think there was anything as bright as jupiter is right now but that might have been.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
15 degrees above the ecliptic? Rule out both Mercury and Venus then. But they are both right there.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Well it was below the ecliptic by the time I got to a good vantage point :( I'll be sure to check it out tomorrow at sunset and report back here.
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's Arcturus..
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3906950


i saw this sat evening around 7pm pac time
30deg behind the moon (east) 45 deg above horizon larger than Jupiter, stationary and bright WHITE
not arcturus, it is RED
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Well what I saw this evening was a bright star like object but it was more in the east northeast, it was out just as the moon was coming up before any stars were out...what would that be
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would depend on you latitude
I AM AT 48N
THE OBJECT WAS EAST (W WA HERE)
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11/08/2011 02:36 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Probably Venus. Very bright and often visible in the evening and at dawn. Known as the Evening Star and the Morning Star.
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11/08/2011 02:39 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
[link to earthsky.org]
arge asteroid 2005 YU55 – the largest close-approaching asteroid on record – will sweep closest to Earth tomorrow (November 8, 2011) at 5:28 p.m. CST (23:28 UTC). About a quarter mile wide (400 meters) – round and dark – 2005 YU55 will be 198,000 miles (319,000 kilometers) from Earth’s surface. It will be closer than the orbit of the moon. What will it look like? Will you see it as it sweeps past?
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11/08/2011 02:42 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Come on now.

You know Ophiucus, yet you can't figure out something simple?'

Really....
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11/08/2011 02:47 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It would be funny if the bright object went away after the asteroid passed. 8-)
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw it too last night. I'm from Hawaii, and it wasn't Jupiter, because this bright object was on the horizon when the moon was overhead...I saw Jupiter next to the moon, so whatever this was, wasn't Jupiter...was SUPER bright when I saw it last night.

However, in other news, apparently the space station flew over Hawaii last night and it was crazy bright and going pretty fast. You could only see it for about 5 minutes before it was no longer visible.
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11/08/2011 05:59 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Yes thats Pluto, and if OP would have fired up stellarium he would have knew that in like 2 seconds.

putin
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11/08/2011 06:02 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
"BRIGHT CONJUNCTION: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. Jupiter and the waxing full Moon are lined up less than 10o apart. It's a beautiful conjunction that will last all night long--don't miss it!"
spaceweather.com

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11/08/2011 06:04 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Yes thats Pluto, and if OP would have fired up stellarium he would have knew that in like 2 seconds.

putin
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw it. no way that's pluto. It's big.
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