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Big Bright Star

Just looked outside to see a really big bright star, so big in fact that I watched for a while to make sure it wasn't just a plane on a go slow. Vaguely in a southerly direction, anyone know if there is a special star/planet visible at the moment?

Posted at 29th Dec 2008 - 05:57PM   Posted by Lily   Big Bright Star Comments: 19

Ivy's Avatar I have seen it too but don't know what it is

Posted by: Ivy on 29th Dec 2008 at 06:04PM

Is it perhaps Venus? I do know Venus is called 'The Evening Star' because of its often rather bright and large appearance in the evening sky, and so stunning, as it is the first star to be seen at night. Just popped out to take a peek, brrrrrrr! but as ever we are under too much cloud cover. I'm fairly certain that's what it is though.

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 29th Dec 2008 at 06:04PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yes I saw it just now when I took the dogs out - it is in the South West and I too thought it might be a plane - or a UFO . . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Dec 2008 at 07:17PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar I THINK its is Venus

Venus is now becoming noticeable as the “Evening
Star”. Look for it in the south-western sky after sunset. Even if the
sky is still bright, Venus is such a brilliant object that it shows up
clearly. At the start of December, Venus sets about 6:30 pm, but it
stays up a few minutes later each evening; by the end of the
month, it’s not setting until 8 pm.
On Monday December 1st, the crescent Moon passes
directly in front of Venus. At around 3:45 pm (the exact time
depends on your location) the planet will disappear behind the
dark, left-hand limb of the Moon. This happens almost exactly at
sunset, so it will be necessary to search carefully for the Moon in
the bright twilight sky. If you are using binoculars, be very careful
not to point them towards the setting Sun. If the sky is clear, you
should see Venus as a brilliant point of light to the upper left of
the crescent; the dark limb of the Moon probably won’t be visible,
so the planet will seem to disappear into nothingness. Then,
shortly after 5 pm, Venus will re-appear behind the bright, righthand
limb of the Moon, and the two objects will remain very
close until they both set at about 6:30 pm.
On Wednesday December 31st, the Moon will have
travelled right around the sky, and it will be back near Venus
again. This time, they are not so close: the planet will be a littleway to the lower left of the Moon, but still close enough that they can both be viewed together in binoculars

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 29th Dec 2008 at 07:42PM

Ivy's Avatar Isn't it funny how you in Scotland(sorry Lily don't know where you live) and I in Germany can see the same thing at the same time and NOT on our computers! Apparently it really is Venus as suggested by Celtic Heart. My son looked it up in the internet

Posted by: Ivy on 29th Dec 2008 at 07:44PM

Ivy's Avatar Sorry blossom your text must have come up while I taped mine.
So we all agree on Venus!

Posted by: Ivy on 29th Dec 2008 at 07:45PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar Looks like we are all Bright Stars!!!BlinkBlinkBlinkBlink

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 29th Dec 2008 at 08:16PM

Westerwitch's Avatar It could also be Jupiter apparently, or indeed Venus.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Dec 2008 at 09:08PM

Was anyone able to watch a couple weeks back when Jupiter and Venus and the moon were all in very close proximity in the sky? Once again, we had a cloud filled sky so I didn't get to see it as usual!

Just found this link that shows 'maps' of how the sky will look in the early evening, so it might help identify it as Venus, Jupiter, or even Mercury!

and it is a new moon too!

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 29th Dec 2008 at 09:26PM

KittyB's Avatar I think I remember Little Brown Dog's astrology bit saying someting about Venus and Jupiter, just after I'd noticed the two bright stars together in the sky - one pinky, one yellowy. Very technical.

You know, we have a big telescope in our spare room. I dust it now and then. Never gets used. Beats me why He bought it. My friend Kind Lucy has one too - apart from hers lives in the sauna. Neither of those ever gets used either, but she doesn't have to dust hers.

Posted by: KittyB on 29th Dec 2008 at 09:57PM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar I saw Venus and the moon on Dec 1st, and it was like something from a child's story book. I am very ignorant about astrology, but does this happen every year in December? Must watch out on Dec 31st., as our skies are very clear at the moment.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 29th Dec 2008 at 10:42PM

Anybody watch the Space Station as it tracks? Now that is addictive! Sometimes I get the whole neigbourhood out watching.

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 29th Dec 2008 at 10:50PM

Frances's Avatar Hello Lilly, I tried to leave a message a bit ago, but then lost the server.

What I wanted to say was that even if the brightly lit Empire State Building will be glowing in green and red tomorrow night when I leave the shop, I will search the sky for the really bright star. Could the that famed star of wonder, star of light.


Posted by: Frances on 30th Dec 2008 at 01:05AM

Lily's Avatar I'm just so impressed with all this astrological knowledge. the "star" is certainly in the general area of Venus- but so bright and like a child's drawing with pointy bits. Sure there's a technical term I'm lacking. We had a beautiful sunrise this morning- maybe it's the time of year for special skies?

Posted by: Lily on 30th Dec 2008 at 12:18PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Frances, that is probably what it was. There were no comets at the time of Jesus' birth.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 30th Dec 2008 at 12:19PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar I saw all that with the stars and moon on 1 dec by accident as we came over the hills from Builth Wells from the winter Fair we stopped and watched because it was so spectacular

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 30th Dec 2008 at 01:54PM

Bradan's Avatar I saw 2 very bright stars a week or so ago, one large and one smaller. Someone had blogged or posted about these stars I think, can't remember who it was, so I looked out specially and saw them - they were wonderful.

Posted by: Bradan on 30th Dec 2008 at 03:45PM

Bradan, I've forgotten which two planets they were, but I think it was Venus and Jupiter appearing very near to the moon. It would have been spectacular if we hadn't had so much cloud cover!
Lily, I know what you mean about the 'pointy' bits, that is caused when the light from the star or planet is distorted by our atmosphere.
Such beauty in the sky at night, sunsets, stars, moon, planets.

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 30th Dec 2008 at 08:22PM

Lily's Avatar Thanks for that Celtic Heart

Posted by: Lily on 30th Dec 2008 at 10:42PM

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