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Experts are calling Comet Lulin, the Comet of Co-operation. Like every comet, Lulin signifies the demise of an old regime. In this case, it's the end of the line for the fools and fat cats who created the credit crunch. No brave new world can be born while the same old bumblers sit in the same old offices, trousering the same old bonuses while acting like sheep and talking bull. Lulin will see them all off. Then slowly we'll get a rebirth of prosperity. Around the world, across the internet, a new movement of wealth creation is about to be born.
Originally posted by JustInCase101
reply to post by yellowcard
i asked an astronomy teacher which i already knew the answer and she said yes its venus
Originally posted by twilightzone
Maybe now we should ask WHY it is so bright, like never before?
What have changed and what does it proof?
What is the trend? How will it look in a month? A year? Four years…?
Viewed in the western twilight, this planet always appears dazzlingly bright to the unaided eye, and more so in binoculars. Venus reaches its greatest elongation — its greatest angular distance — 47 degrees to the east of the sun on January 14. It will appear at its brightest in midwinter as it heads back down toward the sun, reaching its greatest brilliancy for this apparition on February 19 at magnitude –4.6. The planet will be most striking then, shining nearly twice as bright as it does now.
Venus will then slide back toward the glare of the sun, but because it will appear to pass more than eight degrees north of it when it passes inferior conjunction on March 27, a most unusual circumstance will take place for a few days around that time: Venus will be visible as both an evening and morning object, glowing low in the west right after sunset and also low in the east just before sunrise. It finally (almost reluctantly) will vanish for evening viewers view by the end of March.
In mid January 2009, Venus reaches dichotomy (displaying a "half moon" shape). Then, during February, it shows us an increasingly large crescent phase as it swings toward Earth. Indeed, those using telescopes will note that while the Earth-Venus distance is lessening, the apparent size of Venus' disk will grow, doubling from its present size by January 3. When it has doubled again in size on February 26, its large crescent shape should be easily discernable even in steadily held 7-power binoculars.
But even after it passes inferior conjunction on March 27, our Venus show will not be over, for it dramatically reemerges as a dazzling "morning star" low in the eastern sky by the beginning of April. Then, a repeat performance will begin, with the above sequence of events reversed. And that will continue right through to the end of 2009.
Venus has been known since prehistoric times. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon. Like Mercury, it was popularly thought to be two separate bodies: Eosphorus as the morning star and Hesperus as the evening star, but the Greek astronomers knew better. (Venus's apparition as the morning star is also sometimes called Lucifer.)
Originally posted by Sergeant Stiletto
Well...I'm in the U.S. and my house faces due west and right now I can look out of my front door and see a very big - something - that does not twinkle. I mean it's big.
I'm under the impression that Venus is an early evening star, so I don't think that's it.
Does anyone else see what I'm talking about? I never noticed this until about four or five months ago.
A handy tool to have is an inexpensive, hand-held planisphere, which is a star chart with a wheel that rotates to adjust for the time and time of year. A planisphere won't help identify planets, but with it you'll be able to identify all the stars and constellations.