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mysticalamber
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bright object in east sky
it is NOT VENUS.i live on the beach central NJ.i have been watching for many months now as others have. this morning around 5 am i looked out and there it was as usual. but this time it is much larger and very very bright.it cast a line of light over the ocean as does the moon. i watched it for over an hour and it did not move . have never seen anything so bright or big. the paart that got me was it casting light on the ocean. planes went under it and were very small in size. i watched it until after the sun rose and then it was the last thing to fade out. anyone else see it? i am very serious....
it is Venus
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02/08/2006 10:25 AM
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[link to www.space.com]

What you describe is exactly what Venus is doing. It is the brightest thing in the morning sky (SE) until the sun rises.
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02/08/2006 10:25 AM
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Videocamera ?
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02/08/2006 10:26 AM
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but venus has never cast light on the ocean as does the moon...this does...and it starts in the south sky and winds up in the east ...sorry but no video camera...
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02/08/2006 10:33 AM
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it´s not venus, its a POPUP that escaped from GLP!
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02/08/2006 10:33 AM
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Re: bright object in east sky
venus can and has been recorded to have the magnitude capable of casting light on the sea.
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02/08/2006 10:37 AM
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venus starts out in the western sky at sunset not southern. and not so easy to see. especially in the northern hemisphere..
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02/08/2006 10:47 AM
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"venus starts out in the western sky at sunset not southern. and not so easy to see. especially in the northern hemisphere.."

Completely and totally wrong.

Check out 71092's link.
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02/08/2006 10:53 AM
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Re: bright object in east sky
At a blazing negative 4.5 magnitude, Venus is at its brightest, but not terribly well placed in the predawn southeast sky. [Magnitudes are non-intuitive. Brighter objects have smaller numbers. In fact the brightest have negative value. i did check it out
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02/08/2006 11:08 AM
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mysticalamber, i see this thing every morning too.

im in central florida.

this star or whatever is so bright.

its getting bigger every day.

im telling you, in my whole life ive NEVER EVER seen a star this big.

its bigger NOW than 5 months ago!

i dont know what it is, but just go out and look for yourselves.

venus was NEVER this big.

its like the size of a golfball now.

its just way too big...it doesnt look normal.
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02/08/2006 11:09 AM
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I see the pop-up problem is still with us. I honestly think the purpose of the pop-ups is to drive people away.
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02/08/2006 11:11 AM
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i havent had any trouble with pop ups...
impetigo
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02/08/2006 11:13 AM
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I see it every morning too, and I'm in maryland. I agree, the size keeps getting bigger. I've never seen anything quite like it....

Incoming? Would explain all the flares and flash fires.
CaptainAJ2012
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02/08/2006 11:19 AM
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"Venus 123" pop-up just appeared while I was on this thread-no sh..! That is too much!!!!!
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The planet Venus has returned to the early morning sky and has established itself as a dazzling morning lantern, emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon before 5:00 a.m. local standard time.

Just three weeks ago, on Jan. 13, was the day of its inferior conjunction – when it passed between the Sun and Earth and made its transition from an evening to a morning object.

A week later it had moved far enough away from the Sun's vicinity so that it was rising more than an hour before sunrise. Bill Bogardus, a member of New York's Amateur Observers' Society ( [link to www.aosny.org] was one of the first to catch sight of it early on Saturday morning, Jan. 21:

"I got up to answer the call of nature a little after 6 a.m. and looked out my southeast window to the approaching dawn. In the twilight, I spotted a bright object just a few degrees above the horizon. My guess was that it was Venus appearing on its eastward rise, which it turned out to be."

And now Venus is much easier to sight, rising more than two hours before the Sun.

Interestingly, for about the past week or so, I've been getting inquiries from those who arise early in the morning, en route to work and school, asking what is that "dazzling white star," which now precedes the rising Sun? Perhaps, they were standing at a bus stop or a train platform when their attention was drawn to Venus. Often, they will follow up with the comment, "Just a week ago, it wasn't there!"

I suspect, I'll be getting an increasing number of such inquiries in the coming days ahead.

On Friday, Feb. 17, Venus comes up in total darkness, about an hour before the first glimmer of dawn, while shining at its greatest brilliancy (magnitude –4.5). To give you an idea of just how radiant Venus will be at that time, it will appear to gleam 17 times brighter than Sirius, the brightest of all stars. In fact, it's so bright even now, that you might try sighting it on very clear days with the naked eye after sunrise. If you can keep track of where it is through sunup, you should still be able to see it as a tiny white "speck" against the blue daytime sky.

As a bonus, a lovely crescent Moon slides well to the south and east of Venus on the mornings of Feb. 24 and 25. During March and April, Venus will appear to slowly lower a bit in altitude in the predawn sky, but then from late April through about the middle of August, it will appear to rise at approximately the same time as the beginning of morning twilight, roughly two hours before sunrise.

So it pretty much will remain a fixture in our morning sky from now, right on through at least the middle of the summer.

Now is also a fine time to examine the crescent of Venus in a telescope or even a pair of binoculars. A steady mounting for the binoculars – even just bracing them against the side of a tree – can make all the difference in the world. After he initially caught sight of Venus out his window, Mr. Bogardus checked it out with his 60-mm. refracting telescope, and found Venus to be "a very thin crescent, as thin as you might find in a two-day old moon."

There are, in fact, some individuals with such acute vision who claim that they can actually see the crescent of Venus without any optical aid. If you'd like to test your own perception of vision on Venus, the best time to try it would be during bright twilight, say 15 to 30 minutes before sunrise. At that time, Venus will appear with far less glare against the background sky, giving your eyes a better opportunity to perceive its shape.

Whenever Venus appears as a thin crescent, I often like to relate a very amusing story related by George Lovi (1939-1993) who was a well-known astronomy lecturer and author. One night, while running a public viewing night at the Brooklyn College Observatory in New York, the telescope was pointed right at Venus, then displaying its delicate crescent shape. Yet one student gazing through the telescope eyepiece stubbornly insisted he was really looking at the Moon.

When Mr. Lovi commented that the Moon wasn't even in the sky, the student replied, "So what? Doesn't a telescope show you things you can't see without it?"
Anonymous Coward
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02/08/2006 11:24 AM
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Re: bright object in east sky
the sun?
robin

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02/08/2006 11:24 AM
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your the second person this morning whos mentioned pop ups...

venus huh?

subliminal message showing through?

remember who we are all dealing with...

just musing.

pretty soon, ill need a dime to cover up that insanely bright 'star' in the sky.

it almost hurts to look at it some mornings.
Anonymous Coward
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02/08/2006 11:40 AM
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"Venus 123" pop-up just appeared"

I got it too.
What does it all mean?
Anonymous Coward
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02/08/2006 11:41 AM
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This particular thread has been tagged.
gorgeous george

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02/08/2006 11:43 AM
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I'm not getting pop ups now, but I cannot use the icons either.
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02/08/2006 12:46 PM
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Re: bright object in east sky
post what you see at photopot?


Could someone be good enough, to set of a digicam, on a tripod and take this?

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