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Originally posted by Ghost375
yep. I heard it's the closest it will appear to the moon until 2026.
That's a pretty nice pic you have of it.edit on 22-1-2013 by Ghost375 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by winofiend
Hmm, I dunno, that could be anything. Going by your words, that's the moon. I dunno.
Looks like a light to me, so given this, it could be Jupiter. Or anything really
haha Im not offering anything useful I guess. Hope the pic embeds for you.
edit on 22-1-2013 by winofiend because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by j.r.c.b.
reply to post by winofiend
Darn it!! Just lens flare?! Well that's disappointing!! I thought I really got lucky & caught a crazy fluke! Lol...glad I brought it to the more knowledgeable crowd. Whatever it is or isn't, thanks for the input
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. The Moon and Jupiter are shining through the twilight side by side. Most sky watchers will see the two bright bodies just a fraction of a degree apart. Observers in parts of South America will witness an even closer encounter--an occultation, in which the Moon passes directly in front of Jupiter. [Sky map]
No, I don't think it's Jupiter. I think the previous discussion is right about it being a lens flare.
Originally posted by usmc0311
It is Jupiter. Quite a sight isn't it.
Originally posted by Renegade2283
reply to post by wmd_2008
Excuse my naivity here, but how does a clearly defined sphere appear as a result of a lense flare? Like, wouldnt it appear as a blurred out shape with that kind of sun rays effect? I am sorry, but I have a lack of understanding when it comes to the mechanics of a camera and how seemingly solid shapes can appear a result of a lense flare.
Please illuminate me on the basics of that occurance if you dont mind. I hear that explination alot, and I never have quite understood it.
Originally posted by wmd_2008
Please look at the picture again the LARGE OVEREXPOSED blob of light is the moon the little lens flare above and to the left is what the OP thought was Jupiter hope that explains it.
Go to Google images type in lens flare you will see all shapes sizes and colours many factors decide how a flare will look from the construction of the lens to the angle the light hits it at etc etc.