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they're all out there tonight - venus is crazily bright
Jupiter and Venus were right next to each other, really bright, when I was walking home late yesterday. and Mars is pretty bright too.
Google Sky Map is the best, I wouldn't have realised what they were if I hadn't starting using that.
downloaded it to figure out which star was Betelgeuse. so I could gaze up and wonder if we'd ever see it go supernova.
venus is very bright at the moment
have i had jupiter and venus the wrong way round all month?
havent been able to use it for 6 weeks. gutting.
But I can't be bothered. Let's just say I did.
you'll be the laughing stock of the astronomical community
well, except Saturn, which i don't think had risen when i was out. Hopefully I'll get a good look at them tonight when i go out of town.
Being a bit further away from the city is great, the skies are so clear
At about 7.30 last night my wife and I were walking to a friend's and there were two bright lights in the sky (out to the west) next to each other - she claimed they were Venus and Mercury but I said there was no way the dimmer one could be Mercury and that it was probably Mars or Jupiter or something (Jupiter it probably was)
...and then at about 11.00 we left his flat and right up above was a single bright star that she claimed was Mars - it definitely seemed redder than the other two!
Can anyone else corroborate these sightings?
Red one was almost certainly Mars, to the left of the moon. T'others were probably Venus and Jupiter, I think Venus is the one on the right. It's quite easy to tell the difference between stars and planets, planets don't 'twinkle' like stars do
i thought 'twinkling' was the atmosphere deflecting the light a little bit so it would apply to every light source in space. What makes stars twinkle?
planets are loads closer than stars, so they dont twinkle as much i.e. the light doesnt have as far to travel and get as distorted.
Flickering, like. I dunno, meths is the astro-man.
mars is kind of next to the moon (when it finally rises) and definitely is red. venus and jupiter are the really bright two right next to each other (for a few more weeks). saturn comes up later but its not really very noticable to the naked eye (just looks like a star).
you can really only see mercury in the day time when it crosses the sun...but not really with the naked eye.
Not sure I did see Mars then - it was directly up above, not that near the moon.
Need a chart really...
had a very faint companion nearby