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Super Bright Object in Early Morning Sky

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posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:04 AM
I live in the US midwest and I stepped outside about 4am on Monday night and in the ESE-ish sky about 70 degrees off the horizon (estimated) was I'd say the 2nd brightest object in the sky. Also, to the NNE-ish sky was another bright object.

I'm assuming the object in the ESE was probably Jupiter (bright, fairly big) and in the NNE was Mars. I'm not as good at Astronomy as I was when I was a kid, so could anyone confirm this for me?

I only ask because it was really quite amazing to look at. I live near a bunch of light pollution so I'm not able to see the stars and constellations as well as I used to be able to as a kid.


posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:20 AM
According to my software it should be Mars and Venus, with Mars closer to the eastern horizon.

Scrap that....I have fudged what I was looking is Jupiter and Mars
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posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:25 AM
Is Mars really bright in the Northern Hemisphere?
Down under it is pretty dull at the moment and very small in a 8 inch reflector.

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:26 AM
According to GNOME on my linux, it is venus.

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:36 AM
reply to post by iNkGeEk

Download Stellarium and you will be able to put in your location and it will show you what's where up there.(star and planets at least).

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 02:51 AM
its called the sun!!! duhhh winning, star me for my genius comment

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 03:02 AM
One of them is Jupiter for sure.

Just looked it up on Stellarium. Jupiter is East and a little south, and it is the biggest one. It's the brightest object besides the moon.
The other one is Mars probably. It shows it at East and a little to the north.

On october 11th, Jupiter is going to be right next to the full moon. And Jupiter will also be very close(2 weeks difference) to it's closest point to Earth.
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posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 03:20 AM
reply to post by Chadwickus

Awesome! i will definitely check out that software!

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 03:22 AM
reply to post by Ghost375

if it was Jupiter (which is what I was thinking it was) it was wicked bright and probably the biggest thing in the sky other than the moon. I was absolutely amazed by it.

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 04:09 AM
The East-South-East was Jupiter, being so bright. The North-East probably Capella (Auriga constellation). Late night summer sky watch is beautiful...

posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 03:58 PM
It should be Jupiter alright, and it's moons around it make it fairly distinctive, as if the global shape is distorted.

"Jupiter is high in the pre-dawn sky. It rises at midnight at beginning of August and by dawn is at an elevation of 50°. Its angular size is increasing to 44 arcseconds."

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