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    Default What is the bright object?



    I decided to pop Into my garden to try to photo the milky way, but I got this photo instead. What is the bright object left of the centre? It was taken on 17/05/2019 at about 02:15am and I was looking between southeast and South I think, but I don't have a compass, so I'm not 100% sure about the direction? https://www.astrobin.com/406215/0/?nc=user

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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    An example of lens flare.
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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    An example of lens flare.
    A useful test can be to put diagonals across the image (assuming it hasn't been cropped) - internal reflections are often symmetrical to the centre point.
    Not proof of course, but an indication that flare can't be ruled out.

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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    I forgot to say, I took the photo with my smartphone (Huawei P20 Pro)

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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    Upon first look, I'd say it's the rising Moon partially obscured by the clouds.
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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyRover View Post
    Upon first look, I'd say it's the rising Moon partially obscured by the clouds.
    The moon is the very bright part behind the clouds

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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    Internal lens reflection.
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    Default Re: What is the bright object?

    Quote Originally Posted by chef alan View Post
    The moon is the very bright part behind the clouds
    I see it now, after I clicked on your image. I was looking at the one with the lines instead, within a subsequent post. It's a bluish spot, and reminding of Uranus, but of course the planet isn't nearly that close.
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