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Re: Bright light in Night Sky

 
Anonymous Coward
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09/04/2010 03:56 AM
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Re: Re: Bright light in Night Sky
The weekend paper has some info on the weather page about a star called Altair.

Here's what it says: "The bright star Altair in the constellation of Aquila the Eagle is high in the north-east in the early evening. Recent obersations have revealed that the star is spinning so fast that it has stretched from the usual ball shape to that of a football."

Could this be what you are seeing?

I'm going to check it out later as I'm in WA and it's still light.
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09/04/2010 03:57 AM
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Re: Re: Bright light in Night Sky
oops that should be observations...
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09/04/2010 04:05 AM
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Did you check if it was Capella ?
 Quoting: MG-42


That would be NE right about now, and rising. I got some photos of it a week ago, and it wasn't a star. It looked like a ribbon with joints of different colors, changing shapes. Yes, used a tripod.
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09/04/2010 04:14 AM
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Ok.. Just came in from outside. The star appears to be going down in the sky.. I can tell because I can no longer see it clearly above the sunshade by the pool without having to stand on my tip toes.

I cannot see the all of the sky to spot venus cause my bro-in-laws house is on a cliff face and trees over hang then back of it with another house above that, so when I went out the back to see (this star is almost directly onto the front of this house), i was unable to see anything because of the trees and the neighbours security lights :( I am really disappointed about that.

I will have to wait until I return home next week to check the sky out clearly. I will go out to the beach where there are no house lights to obscure the view.
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09/04/2010 04:29 AM
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Ok.. Just came in from outside. The star appears to be going down in the sky.. I can tell because I can no longer see it clearly above the sunshade by the pool without having to stand on my tip toes.

I cannot see all of the sky to spot venus cause my bro-in-laws house is on a cliff face and trees over hang the back of it with another house above that, so when I went out the back to see (this star is almost directly onto the front of this house), i was unable to see anything because of the trees and the neighbours security lights :( I am really disappointed about that.

I will have to wait until I return home next week to check the sky out clearly. I will go out to the beach where there are no house lights to obscure the view.
 Quoting: ~Moi~


Yeah, we'll have to wait.

I'm a little confused though.

You need to be in the back yard to see Venus which means the back of the house faces westward.

You see the object from the front yard where it is almost directly in front of the house. The front of the house faces eastward unless the front/back aren't parallel.

That means the object is eastward. It cannot be setting, it is rising if it is a celestial object.

I'm confused.

We'll just have to wait for the beach view I guess.


R.
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Re: Re: Bright light in Night Sky
Ok.. Just came in from outside. The star appears to be going down in the sky.. I can tell because I can no longer see it clearly above the sunshade by the pool without having to stand on my tip toes.

I cannot see all of the sky to spot venus cause my bro-in-laws house is on a cliff face and trees over hang the back of it with another house above that, so when I went out the back to see (this star is almost directly onto the front of this house), i was unable to see anything because of the trees and the neighbours security lights :( I am really disappointed about that.

I will have to wait until I return home next week to check the sky out clearly. I will go out to the beach where there are no house lights to obscure the view.


Yeah, we'll have to wait.

I'm a little confused though.

You need to be in the back yard to see Venus which means the back of the house faces westward.

You see the object from the front yard where it is almost directly in front of the house. The front of the house faces eastward unless the front/back aren't parallel.

That means the object is eastward. It cannot be setting, it is rising if it is a celestial object.

I'm confused.

We'll just have to wait for the beach view I guess.


R.
 Quoting: Reality 1039748



Oh Gawd R. I am so hopeless with direction. :(

I was standing at the door of the house when I took the first reading, but not looking directly out over the harbour, I was instead angled to the left. Dunno if that makes any sense.I only have a clear view of the sky from the left and directly out over the harbour in the front of the house and partly to the right. Not deliberately trying to mislead or be difficult. I am sorry mate.


x =
o
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That is a very rough idea of how the star (X) was angled to where I (O) was standing in front of the house (---). Where the = is, is where the trees blocking the view start.
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09/04/2010 04:38 AM
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oh damn that diagram did not translate in the posting.. :( Sorry, I was trying...
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09/04/2010 06:33 AM
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Re: Re: Bright light in Night Sky
I am hesitant to post in that other thread as it appears to have degenerated into a gang bash and totally derailing from the subject of the light, whatever the light is.

I stated yesterday that I would try and find a compass so I could get a direction for the light.

It is currently 6.31 pm and that star is shinning brightly at slightly north east... Dunno how to give you the precise heading, but the needle when I am facing the light is just slightly past the north towards the east.

So there is the direction from my view point in Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand.

Could be Jupiter as someone stated last night. But I definitely know it is not venus, mars, or the space station going overhead.

When orion's belt sets I will try and get a placement in regards to it.

Cheers!.
 Quoting: ~Moi~



Yep it's Jupiter
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09/04/2010 06:39 AM
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Re: Re: Bright light in Night Sky
This one was where
Venus was supposed to be, Jan.'09
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THE HORNED DISK..damned
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09/04/2010 06:50 AM
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I will have to wait until I return home next week to check the sky out clearly. I will go out to the beach where there are no house lights to obscure the view.
 Quoting: ~Moi~

By next week it will ALREADY be too late...damned





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