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Old 03-20-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Brightest Objects In The Sky

Hey guys if you look off toward the western sky you should see both the planet Venus (smaller) and the planet Jupiter (larger).

Note the brilliance of the 2 planets. The small planet appears to be positioned at the 7 o'clock position from the larger planet. These outshine any other object in the sky by by a large magnitude.

You can't miss them.
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I have Google Sky Map on my Android phone. It is an amazing app. Hold up the phone and it shows you what those dots in the sky are.

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If you look directly up you should be able to see Mars about half way back east from Venus. It is not as bright as Venus and Jupiter but the light is steady and looks slightly orange. Even in south Florida you can see the planets on a clear night.
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If you look directly up you should be able to see Mars about half way back east from Venus. It is not as bright as Venus and Jupiter but the light is steady and looks slightly orange. Even in south Florida you can see the planets on a clear night.
From South Carolina, if I look straight up I see the Gemini. 2 stars parallel with equal size and brilliance.
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I thought the bright one was Venus since it was closer.. the small, dim one is Jupiter..
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I thought the bright one was Venus since it was closer.. the small, dim one is Jupiter..
Correctamundo, Jim.
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Thanks for the heads up. The astronomer in me is not so strong and the point is logical. I do like to stare at the sky in the evening here. We don't have a huge halo from city lights.

In my opinion, looking at these celestial objects is breath taking.

In the Orion constellation the top left star is called Betelgeuse. This is one of the very largest objects that is visible by the naked eye in the entire universe. There are only 3 stars known to be larger.
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It's amazing how bright they are and we are looking at old light.
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We've had many clear nights here (wild west). Last week Venus looked like a 747 fives miles out, Jupiter as bright as Venus normally looks.

Spotting the red planet (Mars) was extraordinarly easy.

Is it good to be alive or what ?

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I have Google Sky Map on my Android phone. It is an amazing app. Hold up the phone and it shows you what those dots in the sky are.

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I also have this app! It's magnificent if your out in the wilderness and want to see what those beautiful stars really are
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