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biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston

 
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biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston ... right now

much brighter than anything I've ever seen before

anyone else see this ?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
anyone else see this ?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
I think you are looking at Venus. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
You sure must not get out much. It's Venus.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston ... right now

much brighter than anything I've ever seen before

anyone else see this ?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston ... right now

much brighter than anything I've ever seen before

anyone else see this ?



Venus
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Yes, it is Venus -- but -- it is much brighter than you have seen it because the Sun is going bonkers because there is an incoming binary companion to the Sun disturbing the Sun's output -- increasing its output and luminosity. Venus is also undergoing global warming. These two factors make for a brilliant Venus.

So... don't be alarmed -- it's Venus.
Do be alarmed -- it is not "normal" in our experience to have it be so bright.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
ok ... Venus sounds plausible, although I have seen Venus and Mars many times before ... tonight sure doesn't look anything like the previous times ... this one twinkles ... maybe atmospheric distortions
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston ... right now

much brighter than anything I've ever seen before

anyone else see this ?
 Quoting: Ooua

Ahem. You're gonna see the LONLIEST STAR Rating you've ever seen. Ya dig? LOL!
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
I just popped my head out, and the whole sky is beautiful for gazing!
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
it really is putting on a good show
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Yes, it is Venus -- but -- it is much brighter than you have seen it because the Sun is going bonkers because there is an incoming binary companion to the Sun disturbing the Sun's output -- increasing its output and luminosity.
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Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
not trying to stir anything, just wanted to know if anyone knew what it was ... thanks for the serious information
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".
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How much do you get paid to post here? Oh yeah... I need a reason why the shuttle isn't going up until this summer.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
north by northwest
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
It is beautiful, thanks for calling my attention to it! I'm in Michigan and Venus really looks stunning tonight without a telescope.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".


How much do you get paid to post here?
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Are you THAT simple minded that all you can think of is that when someone actually uses science and logic instead of following like sheep to some woo-woo claim that they must somehow be paid? I am a very dedicated student of astronomy (for the past 40 years) and astrophotographer who hates to see rediculous foolishness stated like it was fact.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
I can just imagine what this must look like in the Arizona sky !!
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Are you THAT simple minded that all you can think of is that when someone actually uses science and logic instead of following like sheep to some woo-woo claim that they must somehow be paid? I am a very dedicated student of astronomy (for the past 40 years) and astrophotographer who hates to see rediculous foolishness stated like it was fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 222828


Great! You're just the person I need to talk to then.... So, since you know all kinds of stuff about astronomy and astrophotography, why is the atmosphere changing on all the planets?

The reason they are delaying the shuttle is because they are trying to figure out a way to keep it from burning up during re-entry. There's been a change in global atmospheric conditions. The recent work on the tiles has proved that there's still danger of damage during re-entry. They are simulating various re-entry paths... but they are limited there. Total redesign is needed.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
They say the comet always preceeds them. These "world enders".

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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Are you THAT simple minded that all you can think of is that when someone actually uses science and logic instead of following like sheep to some woo-woo claim that they must somehow be paid? I am a very dedicated student of astronomy (for the past 40 years) and astrophotographer who hates to see rediculous foolishness stated like it was fact.


Great! You're just the person I need to talk to then.... So, since you know all kinds of stuff about astronomy and astrophotography, why is the atmosphere changing on all the planets?

The reason they are delaying the shuttle is because they are trying to figure out a way to keep it from burning up during re-entry. There's been a change in global atmospheric conditions. The recent work on the tiles has proved that there's still danger of damage during re-entry. They are simulating various re-entry paths... but they are limited there. Total redesign is needed.
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Utter hogwash. The foam on the external fuel tank's skin was damaged by hail in February and all precautions are being taken to be sure the tank's insulation can withstand the vibration and shear forces of acceslerating through the atmosphere.

Where DO you get this stuff?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Are you THAT simple minded that all you can think of is that when someone actually uses science and logic instead of following like sheep to some woo-woo claim that they must somehow be paid? I am a very dedicated student of astronomy (for the past 40 years) and astrophotographer who hates to see rediculous foolishness stated like it was fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 222828


Ok, you sure don't come across as someone who would hang around this kind of forum, so...what are you doin here on GLP????
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".


How much do you get paid to post here? Oh yeah... I need a reason why the shuttle isn't going up until this summer.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 223844

I need an explaination on how hail can do so much damage to something that is made to travel through space
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".


How much do you get paid to post here?


Are you THAT simple minded that all you can think of is that when someone actually uses science and logic instead of following like sheep to some woo-woo claim that they must somehow be paid? I am a very dedicated student of astronomy (for the past 40 years) and astrophotographer who hates to see rediculous foolishness stated like it was fact.
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perhaps you can explain how a space can be so damaged by hail?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
*space shuttle

if this thing is supposed to be able to safely travel through space was it not built to withstand hail?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Utter hogwash. The foam on the external fuel tank's skin was damaged by hail in February and all precautions are being taken to be sure the tank's insulation can withstand the vibration and shear forces of acceslerating through the atmosphere.

Where DO you get this stuff?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 222828

insulation can withstand the vibration and shear forces of acceslerating through the atmosphere.


but it can't withstand hail?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
btw I have seen this "star" and pointed it out to people
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
Complete BS. The apparent brightness of Venus right now is simply a matter of geometry. It's in a position to present a gibbous face to us, reflecting most of the sunlight striking it and making it bright. Most of the time it is a crescent. Just look at it through a telescope. There is a good article about this in this month's "Astronomy" magazine.

The sun is NOT brighter and there is no "incoming binary companion".


How much do you get paid to post here? Oh yeah... I need a reason why the shuttle isn't going up until this summer.

I need an explaination on how hail can do so much damage to something that is made to travel through space
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The External Tank is covered with lightweight spray on foam, not much different from styrofoam.

Hail and even birds can damage it.
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
The External Tank is covered with lightweight spray on foam, not much different from styrofoam.

Hail and even birds can damage it.
 Quoting: The Commentator
if this thing is supposed to be able to safely travel through space why was it not built to withstand hail?
Does it make sense to you to fly something into space that can be damaged by mere hail?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
The External Tank is covered with lightweight spray on foam, not much different from styrofoam.

Hail and even birds can damage it.
if this thing is supposed to be able to safely travel through space why was it not built to withstand hail?
Does it make sense to you to fly something into space that can be damaged by mere hail?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 223922


Try to stay on topic, mkay?
Ever seen hail damage?
To a car windshield?
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Re: biggest ' star ' I've ever seen in the western horizon of Houston
The External Tank is covered with lightweight spray on foam, not much different from styrofoam.

Hail and even birds can damage it.
if this thing is supposed to be able to safely travel through space why was it not built to withstand hail?
Does it make sense to you to fly something into space that can be damaged by mere hail?


Try to stay on topic, mkay?
Ever seen hail damage?
To a car windshield?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 70945

cars don't fly in space

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