Skip to comments.Night Sky Query
Posted on 01/30/2011 12:40:30 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
Okay, you FR sky watchers, what is the very bright planet I see each morning as I make my way into the city of Chicago? It is in the SE sky. Just asking and yes, I've checked Uranus...
I’ve been noticing the same planet for the last month or so...I think it is Jupiter, but could definitely be mistaken.
It has been known to happen...
I’m guessing Venus.
Skyandtelescope.com has a good interactive sky chart.
since we haven’t seen it in awhile, it’s probably the sun.
Venus, Jupiter is the evening planet that messes around with the moon.
Yup, I were wrong. It’s Venus.
If it’s very low on the horizon it is probably Venus. If it appears to be about 35 degrees up in the ESE it is probably Saturn
Let me guess, Sunday afternoon, no football, you’re lonely and want someone to talk to...........Get a damn cat or somethin’..........Or a goldfish, if it dies you don’t have to bury it. Just flush it down the toilet
You’re probably seeing Venus in the morning, and for the past few months Jupiter has been especially brilliant in the evenings.
Keep an eye on Orion in case Betelgeuse finally decides to let loose....
Actually, I’m “home officing”. Our EHS manager died on the floor during a meeting about 12 days ago. Since I can run about 3 PC’s while I’m working from home, I thought a quick question to the combined knowledge of FR would be okay.
Instead...I get your pissy response. Hey, have a nice week.
"Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY TIME!"
I’m renting that one real soon!
And, I’m keeping tabs on the “nova risk” of that star..sometime between now and...what?..1E+06 years. Ain’t holding my breath.
Get yourself a Droid phone and download the “Google Sky” app. Launch the app, point the back of the phone to the star/planet in question and you will see the name.
That is how I do it!
Hey, you expected it.........now come on, admit it, you really wanted it.
Wow, I have a Droid and I am downloading that app NOW!
I thought GM dropped the Saturn line.
Okay, since I started out with “another stinkin vanity from Cletus” I’ll agree that I should expect it.
I apologize for invoking the demise of my co-worker in the thread.
All I have to say for you is...YOU GO GIRL! ([snicker]
Saturn has a new white spot! Climate change on Saturn! Bush’s fault!
Thanks but that is my problem with a number of charts.
From Venus, move up and left...scrotum? Ouch!
Then go down and right and we have Lupus! A debilitating disease?
I’m looking for some simple info. Not to say what you sent isn’t helpful, it just ain’t simple enuf for us Yokels.
Right, I used to assume a bright planet was Venus, but quite often it is Jupiter. With a decent telescope you can make out the planet and several of the moons quite nicely.
Thank you! Bookmarked.
I’ve been wondering what Orion should be called after the big B blows?
The bright, glittering star that appears in the southeast at nightfall is Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major, the Big Dog, and the brightest in the sky, after the Sun. Sirius is nearly aligned with the belt of Orion the Hunter, and appears to the southeast of Orion in the sky. Sirius appears highest and due south at about 10:00 p.m. this week.
The ringed planet Saturn is in Virgo the Maiden, and it rises slightly south of due east by 10:44 p.m. Saturn appears bright, yellow, and steady when compared to the glittering blue-white star, Spica, nearby and to the planets southeast. The planet is best placed for telescopic observing when it reaches its highest point52 degrees above the southern horizonabout 4:30 a.m. It rings, visible though telescopes, are now tilted 10 degrees in our direction. Several of Saturns moons, appearing as stars scattered at various distances from the planets rings, are also visible through telescopes.
Venus, the brightest planet, rises above the southeast horizon at 3:40 a.m. Bright enough to see even during the day, Venus will be 30 degrees high in the south-southeast at sunrise. The slender crescent moon poses with Venus on Saturday morning, January 29th.
The moon is at last quarter phase on Wednesday the 26th. It appears in waning crescent phase on following mornings until Tuesday, February 1. New moon occurs on Wednesday evening, February 2.
There’s a reason that Venus has often been referred to as the “Morning Star” in simpler times...
If it’s the planet I think it is, it’s the one reminding you to buy jewelry, chocolates, and flowers. You have two more weeks.
Have the “Vermont Teddy Bear” commercials started yet?
Wait a minute ... I thought Jupiter aligns with Mars, and peace will guide our planet?
You might haff a tuma!
You’re right, it might be Pontiac moon. (Obscure movie reference)
It ought to be called Day-'O'
Find any Klingons?
Sometimes, on a fortnight, about tea time I should think.
Good question. Once Betelgeuse finally goes nova, when it’s done it will probably fade as it cools to be a brown dwarf, and will no longer be visible.
I’m thinking it sort of looks like a curler, pointing to the right, with one arm up to balance the weight. Or maybe a speed skater.
There is an ap for that.
If you have an iPad ... hold it up to the constellations and it will identify the. Seriously awesome.
Download the "heavens above " app for satellite veiwing also (International Space Sation, Iridium satellites ,hubble space telescope, etc
wheres Io is an app that will tell you the rise and set times of all the planets and also the positions of Jupiters 4 biggest moons. (veiwable with small telescope or even 10X 50 binoculars,
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