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Originally posted by LeTan
Even 1 to 2 months ago, I could not remember them being this bright. And I routinely go outside on my patio to smoke a cigarette.
Location Makes the Difference Capella is more noticeable in the fall for a couple reasons, and it has to do with its location. During the fall Capella is lower to the horizon, making it easier to spot for those who catch it between the trees or right over the roof of the neighbor's house. With a location close to earthly objects, it is easy to at first believe it is also an earthly object, such as an airplane. But the curious observer will wait and watch and then notice that the sparkling light is not moving. Then, because of the multitude of colors that it seems to display, thoughts often turn to flying saucers or other extraterrestrial origins. And indeed it is extraterrestrial, being a distant star. Its location near the horizon also means that in order to see it we are looking through more atmosphere than when we look at stars that are overhead. In the winter, as Capella moves higher into the sky, strange sightings of this flickering light will be reduced. Other stars fall prey to this same twinkling effect when near the horizon, but Capella's brightness and time of year, being up as the sky grows dark early again for winter, makes it especially noticeable. Read more at Suite101: Bright Star in the Northeast: What Is the Brilliant Flickering Light in the Northeastern Fall Sky? | Suite101.com www.suite101.com...