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Old 03-10-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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In case you've been wondering lately what those two angelically bright star-like objects are close to each other right after sunset in the western sky. The answer is Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter of the two.

Then you look to the eastern part of the sky and see a reddish-orange star. That's Mars, the god of war.

Thought I'd share.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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In case you've been wondering lately what those two angelically bright star-like objects are close to each other right after sunset in the western sky. The answer is Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter of the two.

Then you look to the eastern part of the sky and see a reddish-orange star. That's Mars, the god of war.

Thought I'd share.
Yeah, I was just reading about that. Maybe you have a better site.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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Yeah, I was just reading about that. Maybe you have a better site.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:35 PM
 
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Yeah, I was just reading about that. Maybe you have a better site.
Your link is as good as any. Venus and Jupiter are usually the brightest planets in the sky.

That's why it's pretty to see them in conjunction like this.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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Just saw them out in the sky, from my porch...very nice

...hope to see Mars a bit later!

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Your link is as good as any. Venus and Jupiter are usually the brightest planets in the sky.

That's why it's pretty to see them in conjunction like this.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:27 PM
 
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Here's another detailed link:

Illustrated guide to Venus and Jupiter conjunction in March 2012 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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In case you've been wondering lately what those two angelically bright star-like objects are close to each other right after sunset in the western sky. The answer is Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter of the two.

Then you look to the eastern part of the sky and see a reddish-orange star. That's Mars, the god of war.

Thought I'd share.
Thanks!
I already knew about Venus. Until recently I had never realized how bright it was in the late winter sky. It compelled me to do some more research which lead me to something that I read the other day letting me know that Jupiter was the other brightly lit object right next to it. I happened to notice Mars a couple of nights ago (at the time I did not know what it was). I knew that it wasn't Sirius and it was so brightly lit that night I was curious to find out what it was. I appreciate the info.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Thanks!
I already knew about Venus. Until recently I had never realized how bright it was in the late winter sky. It compelled me to do some more research which lead me to something that I read the other day letting me know that Jupiter was the other brightly lit object right next to it. I happened to notice Mars a couple of nights ago (at the time I did not know what it was). I knew that it wasn't Sirius and it was so brightly lit that night I was curious to find out what it was. I appreciate the info.
Sirius is actually visible high up along with these planets. So is the brightest constellation - Orion.

It's a dazzling show in the sky right now.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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In case you've been wondering lately what those two angelically bright star-like objects are close to each other right after sunset in the western sky. The answer is Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter of the two.

Then you look to the eastern part of the sky and see a reddish-orange star. That's Mars, the god of war.

Thought I'd share.
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Aren't they beautiful?
I am out many a night, as I am in the sticks with little night glow, and a perfect view... set up the SC scope, and watch them fly. Life is good. (my personal favorite is Saturn, but that is a lot further away).

Went to a friend's house a while ago.... he has a monster scope. if you look at Mars with a 28" SC, you will be wearing an eyepatch the next day. We stop it down to about 10-12".
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:56 PM
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if we could somehow blow up one of those planets, man wouldn't that be even brighter!? if but for a little while, maybe it would last a week or so.
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