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What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??

 
oneian
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08/22/2012 05:47 AM
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What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Looking at the night sky in Brisbane, Australia this evening.. there's a triangle shaped group of stars right next to the moon. Almost a perfect triangle.

What is that???
oneian (OP)

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08/22/2012 05:50 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
bump

Anyone?
Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 05:50 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
lol ive been wondering bout that too.
Rickster58

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08/22/2012 05:53 AM

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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Mars is right under the moon
Saturn is to the right
Spica is to the left

hf
oneian (OP)

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08/22/2012 05:56 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Mars is right under the moon
Saturn is to the right
Spica is to the left

hf
 Quoting: Rickster58


Thanks for that Rickster.
Lining up so perfectly to create that shape..? interesting!
Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 05:56 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Yep just seen it - weird
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08/22/2012 06:24 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
It was beautiful last night! Perfect, huge, orange thumbnail moon just hanging on the horizon with this perfect triangle of stars!
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08/22/2012 06:25 AM

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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
What is 'weird' about it?

Because the major planets orbit the Sun in a relatively flat plane, they always follow a path in the sky within a few degrees of the ecliptic.
They move around at different rates, so they are bound to catch up and/or pass by fairly close to each other, quite regularly.
And - there are a number of fairly bright stars near the ecliptic (Just off the top of my head I can think of Regulus, Aldebaran, Spica, Antares and Pollux - Castor, Procyon, Betelgeuse and Bellatrix aren't too far away from it either)

So why should it seem weird when a couple of planets happen to pass close to one of those stars and make a triangle shape?

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Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 06:25 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Its called the constellation fuckwit
Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 06:26 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Niburu.
Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 07:36 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
Hey Op the Triangle has gone now
Anonymous Coward
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08/22/2012 07:39 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
OP: the moon moves across the night sky, and relative to us on earth, the stars rotate too (about a different point) ... so it's not very helpful to say it's near the moon!

Also, three points will ALWAYS make a triangle. Did you mean an equilateral triangle? hmm...
oneian

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09/05/2012 06:13 AM
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Re: What's the triangular shaped group of stars near the moon??
OP: the moon moves across the night sky, and relative to us on earth, the stars rotate too (about a different point) ... so it's not very helpful to say it's near the moon!

Also, three points will ALWAYS make a triangle. Did you mean an equilateral triangle? hmm...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21822657


It looked like an equilateral triangle.........

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