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Bright Star next to moon
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what is that very bright star next to the moon, it seems to follow it.
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Blitzkreig
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10-14-2011 05:25 AM

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RE: Bright Star next to moon
Jupiter
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RE: Bright Star next to moon
Blitzkreig  Wrote: (10-14-2011 05:25 AM)
Jupiter

thanks, I've never noticed how bright it was before.
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10-14-2011 05:31 AM

 



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RE: Bright Star next to moon
http://www.spaceweather.com/

"MOON AND JUPITER: If it's dark where you live, go outside and look up. The nearly-full Moon and Jupiter have gathered together only a few degrees apart."
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10-14-2011 05:57 AM

 



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Was just out there, and it's so cool how the Moon and Jupiter not only close.... but almost parallel to each other.
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RE: Bright Star next to moon
Womam-nli  Wrote: (10-14-2011 05:57 AM)
Was just out there, and it's so cool how the Moon and Jupiter not only close.... but almost parallel to each other.

That's because all the solar system bodies travel in the same general plane, called the ecliptic. There is some variation, Mercury's being the greatest at 7 degrees inclined to the ecliptic, but the major planets, the largest planets like Jupiter are only a couple of degrees off it. To the naked eye you can't hardly see it.
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RE: Bright Star next to moon
LoP Guest  Wrote: (10-14-2011 05:27 AM)
Blitzkreig  Wrote: (10-14-2011 05:25 AM)
Jupiter

thanks, I've never noticed how bright it was before.

3rd brightest thing in the sky after the sun and the moon.

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10-14-2011 06:11 AM

 



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I think I can adjust my sight to that of the plane and actually see where both the Moon & Jupiter are positioned within their ecliptics. At night, both do not seem that far away,though Jupiter does appear to be large.
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czygyny
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Get up early tomorrow morning and see how different their proximity is, not only will their positions have reversed (normal!) but the moon will have traveled faster than the earth's rotational change of the sky.

I saw this last night as the night progressed, by morning the moon had crept closer to Jupiter.
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Venus is brighter than Jupiter [because it is closer and its atmosphere is very reflective].
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RE: Bright Star next to moon
LoP Guest  Wrote: (10-14-2011 06:57 AM)
Venus is brighter than Jupiter [because it is closer and its atmosphere is very reflective].

At their respective closest approaches to earth, correct.

However, if Venus is on the opposite side of the sun it won't be nearly as bright as if Jupiter is at closest approach to Earth.

So as always, the answer is "it depends".

Go here

http://www.skyviewcafe.com/

When the Java app starts, click "ORBITS" tab, then go to the OPTIONS part on the right hand side and select "OUT TO SATURN" in the first pull-down menu and check the "PLANET NAMES" checkbox at the bottom.

You should see Jupiter is closest to Earth and Venus is on the opposite side of the sun as of today.
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Hamish
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RE: Bright Star next to moon
Jhikpghf yup Jupiter..
I was curious when I first spotted it, I think over a month ago now. It was brighter a couple of weeks ago
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its the mothership.

doomed
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That's the second sun, its been around for weeks.
Definitely not jupiter.

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RE: Bright Star next to moon
For the next couple of nights you can see the Pleiades or Seven Sisters between the Moon and Jupiter:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/...ct15-2011/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzivRcbV9Lc
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