posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 10:24 AM
Mars sets off a reddish orange glow. The difference between a star and a planet is simple to tell. A planet does not twinkle. It only shines reflected
light, it's not a light source itself so a planet doesn't flash like stars. Venus can often have a greenish glow and often blue, especially when
down low on the horizon. Depending on atmosphere conditions it can behave as you have mentioned. If there has been rain and the atmosphere is clear
then Venus can be very bright, appear to move and and be very colorful. i think though that venus is "the morning star" at the moment and out early
The moon is in a different position each night as it travels around the earth in 28 days. So it will be in a different constellation each night,
different positions to the planets as well. So it makes sense that you did not see a stellar object there the night before, sitting under the moon.
Sirius, the dog star is also in that section of the sky at the moment, rising not to far away southish from Orion and is in the east in the evening.
Sirius projects all those qualities, it is one of the, if not the, most beautiful star in the sky. It certainly is the brightest with the biggest
magnitude. Its Blue green to the naked eye and the flash can make it look like its moving. Betelgeuse is red so its probalby not that although when
betelgeuse rises it can be a spectacular rainbow of consecutive reds, greens, blues and Canopus can be like that to but once risen is more blue. I
think Canopus would have been too high.
Other than that... *shrug, I disn't see anything unusual although I was outside around that time. I am in southern hemisphere though and I think
after my "extra moon" the other day, if I had seen a jumping flashy greeny thing then I would have booked myself in for a holiday and long rest
[edit on 19-10-2005 by Mayet]