posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 03:50 AM
This may sound like a rude question; but that is not my intention. Are you completely sure you know the difference between the directions north and
south? I ask this for a couple of reasons....
Originally posted by edgecrusher2199
OK I downloaded it and appearing in the vicinity it would have to be Venus I guess.... Whatever it was it disappeared off my horizon between
The first reason I ask is that you said you downloaded Stellarium and that the object you saw appeared to be in the vicinity of Venus. What else is
in the vicinity of Venus?...The SOUTHwest or west sky. Venus is currently visible in the southwest sky just after sunset; it then moves down towards
the horizon and to the west. When Venus sets, (which is at about 9:20-9:30 PM EST; which is also the exact time you gave for the object you saw that
set) it is almost due west. But currently it is not moving past due west before it sets. That means it's in the southern half of the sky. I'm
confused how you could have located Venus on Stellarium and not noticed that it was displayed in the southern half of the sky. I'm not saying what
you saw is Venus or not ; just giving some info about it.
The second reason I ask if you know the difference between North/South is about the three stars that you suspect could be the object you have been
Originally posted by edgecrusher2199 This leads me to believe that it was one of 3 stars...Sirius, Canopus, or Arcturus.
Sirius and Canopus are very much in the southern half of the sky. So much so, that they both spend time during the evening in the position of being
exactly due south. And Arcturus would not be visible at all in TN (not until at least 11:30 PM EST) during the time frame you have mentioned. So I
guess my question would be... Why would you mistake 2 stars (Sirius and Canopus) that are clearly in the southern sky; for an object that you have
described as seeing at due north and/or WNW?
I'm just trying to help, I wan't to know what you're seeing just like everybody else. I can however tell you what the object is definitely not.
It is not Comet Lulin. Comet Lulin will barely be visible to the naked eye even when it is at it's brightest around the middle to end of February.
It is not and will not be something that is so bright that it jumps out at you.