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We use altitude and azimuth to describe the location of an object in the sky as viewed from a particular location at a particular time.
The altitude is the distance an object appears to be above the horizon. The angle is measured up from the closest point on the horizon.
The azimuth of an object is the angular distance along the horizon to the location of the object. By convention, azimuth is measured from north towards the east along the horizon.
Originally posted by stitchypoos
I live on the east coast, Baltimore to be exact. I have a similar star in the western sky. It has the same characteristic colors, but a better description for it would be spinning instead of blinking. I use a 114 Meade telescope with an updated autostar hand held controller that is viewable on my pc via an lcd camera. I have yet to figure out what this "star" is, and as another poster already commented their is no definitive answer that I have seen either.
Originally posted by Three_moons
I don't know what you're seeing but this stellarium software is very useful in determining it. I've had it for a while and it's very useful.
Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
reply to post by Oozii
Well for the past 2 weeks....for about 3 hours a night, a very bright "star" is always in the same spot in the sky.
It's not a plane or craft of any kind that I can think of because it just sits there in the same spot.......but 3 hours or so later it's just gone.......
My dad even noticed it and I kept suggesting things and he kept wanting to believe it was maybe a planet or something.....
IT was like double the size of anything in the sky except the moon.....
I'll check again tonight to see if it's still there....
Originally posted by Oozii
Originally posted by CAELENIUM
I have a pair of binoculars, and did look at the object, or jupiter as you suggest. I did not see any of it's moons. I noticed that it's shine and sparkle, looked to give off more light than itself. (I hope that makes sense)
Just as a reminder, I have not stated this is a UFO, or any form of aircraft. I might think it is, but never said it was.
Also, This object, was different to the bright star some have mentioned. I've also viewed that object for quite some time, and also notice it grew in size, or has gotten brighter from the first time I have noticed it. That object intrigued me aswell. It also would dim, and get bright. Really bright.
[edit on 4-8-2010 by Oozii]
lol, you are not going to see Jupiters moons with your binoculars.
Originally posted by Aeons
reply to post by new_here
Just before sunset and sunrise recently, you could have been seeing the ISS which I am given to understand was very bright from Europe.