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Bright star in the west during sunset

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/08/2011 06:19 PM
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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
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OMG THATS THE ONE I SEE EVERYDAY ITS BEEN THERE FOR LIKE 6 MONTHS and it comes like 10 minuts after the sun sets
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11/08/2011 06:27 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Interestingly enough I just got back from the store trying to find a decent pair of binoculars or maybe a telescope. On my way back, a few minutes before the sun completely set i could see this whatever it is very clearly and even through plenty of light pollution. i used google sky map and i supposed it to be arcturus. But still, who knows. Definitely keeping my eye on that general area. Also the moon and jupiter are extremely clear. hopefully the clouds don't block my view of YU55.

We should start a thread full of user photos throughout the night.

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11/08/2011 06:33 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Interestingly enough I just got back from the store trying to find a decent pair of binoculars or maybe a telescope. On my way back, a few minutes before the sun completely set i could see this whatever it is very clearly and even through plenty of light pollution. i used google sky map and i supposed it to be arcturus. But still, who knows. Definitely keeping my eye on that general area. Also the moon and jupiter are extremely clear. hopefully the clouds don't block my view of YU55.

We should start a thread full of user photos throughout the night.

Any takers?
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I think its a good idea, although I don't think I have the best camera for doing so....just a simple kodak easyshare one..14MP, love it for pics of my kids though! lol. I have also seen this star, or whatever it is. Noticed it the other day when leaving to pick up my husband from work.
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11/08/2011 06:35 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.

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You can't see Pluto by naked-eye - Not a chance.
It's a tough telescope object for the uninitiated.



If the OP's object is following a similar trajectory as the Sun.
Low to the SW just after sunset - It's Venus.


If we are talking more westerly, and higher...
It's Arcturus.

Last Edited by Karlos on 11/08/2011 06:37 PM
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11/08/2011 06:38 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Right now it's Vemus wit Merphury necks to it
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11/18/2011 05:30 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
I saw the same thing last night in Northeast Florida. It was so big and bright I first thought it was an aircraft with landing lights on.
Can anyone say for sure what it is?
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04/19/2012 05:35 AM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Took this photo of the bright star in the west of New Zealand.
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10/07/2013 05:59 AM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
It's a star. I see it ecery night and its always the same way. I've seen it for 3 years so far. Every day couple minutes after the sunset, its the brightest star and most the time the first one you notice. Its south west. Bearing 260 about.
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11/06/2013 03:32 PM
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Re: Bright star in the west during sunset
Not so sure about that? I was walking two nights ago and my wife pointed it out to me. I swore it was an approaching aircraft. I've seen Venus a hundred times, but this was incredibly bright!





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