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Originally posted by GBP/JPY
I SEE IT....it's still venus
right there where it should be, yep it's bright but what about the other out of place mars, i saw three months ago rising too far north. it was in an atmospheric ripple or something made it appear bright, then a double image for 5 minutes then went to normal. it seemed out of the equitorial plane, to the north
[edit on 13-6-2010 by GBP/JPY]
Originally posted by demonseed
Can Vega really become as bright as venus?
How to see it
Observers in the northern hemisphere can see the star Vega come into view over the northeastern horizon on a soft spring evening in May. You can look for Vega and its constellation Lyra in the early evening eastern sky in June – high overhead on autumn evenings – in the northwestern quadrant of the sky on December evenings.
Vega is easily recognizable for its brilliance and blue-white color. You can also easily pick out its constellation Lyra, which is small and compact, and consists primarily of Vega and four fainter stars in the form of a parallelogram.
Vega is the 5th brightest star visible from Earth, and the 3rd brightest easily visible from mid-northern latitudes, after Sirius and Arcturus. At about 25 light-years in distance, it is the 6th closest of all the bright stars, or 5th if you exclude Alpha Centauri, which is not easily visible from most of the Northern Hemisphere. Its distinctly blue color indicates a surface temperature of nearly 17,000 degrees F, making it about 7,000 degrees hotter than our sun. Roughly 2.5 times the diameter of the sun, and just less than that in mass, Vega’s internal pressures and temperatures are far greater than our sun, making it burn its fuel faster. This causes Vega to produce 35-40 times the energy of the sun, which in turn shortens its lifetime. At about 500 million years, Vega is already middle-aged. Currently it is only about a tenth the age of our sun, and will run out of fuel in another half-billion years.
Originally posted by GBP/JPY
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter
wait a minute, venus is the morning star right now, huh?...i'll have a looky, if it is the morning.....that could explain my mars out of the equitorial plane bit...BTW, the night sky websites are wacky these days...i'll be right back after a looky!
Originally posted by stars15k
What is your location and what time did you see it? It will make it easier to identify with those.
Vega looks to be the "only" bright star in that region. I use Neave for quick reference online, and used my location in the US Midwest. It can be amazing how bright something looks if that is the only reference point. Compared side-by-side with Venus it would look very dim; alone, very bright. That would be my first guess.
Originally posted by pigwithoutawig
reply to post by demonseed
I'm looking out the window of my home office and I can see it clearly and bright, but from inside i can't see any other stars. It is 11pm right now and it sits low in the sky northwest from Moncton N.B.