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Originally posted by garbageface
What you're seeing is a lens flare of swamp gas from a weather balloon trapped in a thermal pocket that is reflecting the light from Venus.
I don't see how you can argue against it being a star while pushing for the idea that it is a planet *not already known about* that is close enough to be seen with the naked eye, to be honest. Tonight I could see Jupiter very clearly in the sky and it was right next to the moon.edit on 9-11-2011 by garbageface because: *not already known about*