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    Waaay OT: REALLY bright star in the sky!! (BC)

    Hey, i'm in Whistler BC and theres a huge a$$ star in the sky, so I'm pretty sure it's a planet that's close to earth at the moment, I'd like to know what it is though.

    At a guess I would say it's in a westerly direction, close to the constallation Orion, if people know what that is.
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    It is called the moon.
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    Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
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    That's a gaint asteriod on impact course for earth get to a bomb shelter now!!!!!!!
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    I will be interested to hear what it was actually, even though it will be some BS

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    The brighter one is Venus. The one close to it is Jupiter. Western sky at dusk, right?

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    Is this what you saw?



    It's called a ufo. Aliens use them to visit earth, mutilate our cattle, make cool patterns in corn fields, and to give out anal probes to unsuspecting rednecks.

    Nah, gmats nailed it, Venus and Jupiter. And I'd say its not really that off topic. I used them to help navigate a bit out of the woods during a night ride earlier in the week. Good stuff.

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    It was probably the North star attempting to lead you to the baby Jesus jr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    The brighter one is Venus. The one close to it is Jupiter. Western sky at dusk, right?
    This. Venus is the large bright one the smaller bright object below is Jupiter. Looking east you can see mars, it will be the bright copper/red object in the eastern half of the sky.
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    Look at SkyandTelescope.com. They have an interactive map (look on the left menu) that you can plug in your location and time/date and see a labeled map of the sky. There is an iphone/iphone app for this too. Mostly likely Venus and Jupiter as said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    The brighter one is Venus. The one close to it is Jupiter. Western sky at dusk, right?
    Thanks for that, ha. Yeah it was in the west at about 9pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmn View Post
    it is called the moon.

    lol!!!
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    How did you sneak this by the mod-cops? Every silly rabbit knows this belongs in the "off camber" forum, no??


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    The brighter one is Venus. The one close to it is Jupiter. Western sky at dusk, right?
    Yes, I have seen it lately as well, and first thought was Venus, but I thought when Venus was visible at night it would be much lower on the horizon, disappearing slightly after dusk....I'd imagine (based on it's position) the bright planet I am seeing being visible for several hours after dusk.

    Or is it just in a particularly "high" location relative to us right now?
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    It was probably the North star attempting to lead you to Jesus 2.0
    Fixed it for ya.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutinco View Post
    This. Venus is the large bright one the smaller bright object below is Jupiter. Looking east you can see mars, it will be the bright copper/red object in the eastern half of the sky.
    I've noticed it too. The app on my phone says it is either Venus or Jupiter, so thanks for the clarification. Any idea why it is so bright right now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    I've noticed it too. The app on my phone says it is either Venus or Jupiter, so thanks for the clarification. Any idea why it is so bright right now?
    I think because we are on the opposite side of the sun from them(kinda), we are seeing the full day side of those planets rather than a partial day side. Thats my best educated guess, based on my knowledge, I'm a very amature astronomer at best. Really enjoy stargazing though...
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