posted on Nov, 22 2013 @ 09:22 AM
If it's Venus, it's strange because supposedly it doesn't have a moon. I was looking at it yesterday South Westerly and I could clearly see what
looked like a moon over and a tad to the left but behind it with my own eyes. What ever it is looks like three bright balls clumped together in a
triangle and extremely bright. I don't have a camera that will photograph it so I'm stuck with my own viewpoint with nothing to share.
#1. If Venus had a moon, even a large one as big as the Earth's moon you wouldn't beable to see it with your naked eye or even a pair of
#2. What you took to be a "moon" most likely was a background star many light years away from Venus and our whole solar system.
#3. Give me the precise time and precise location and I will tell you what star you saw near it.
edit on 21-11-2013 by JadeStar because: (no
I agree that 'StoutBroux' was probably looking at another star in the background -- possibly Sigma Sagitarrii (σ Sgr), also known as 'Nunki',
which is a visible star that was near Venus on the night in question.
However, if Venus had a Moon, it could very possibly be visible with a pair of binoculars (although that may depend on the size of that Moon). For
example, Jupiter is much farther away than Venus is, and its four main moons (Callisto, Europa Ganymede, and Io) are are visible from Earth with a
relatively modest pair of binoculars. I can see them with my 16X binoculars. Galileo, who discovered Jupiter's moons, used a telescope that had
only a 20X magnification.
Granted, Jupiter's Moons are large, and a moon of Venus would probably be much smaller than those, but Venus is also much closer to Earth.