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    Default Very bright star just appeared to east



    Hi Guys,
    Newbie here, so apologies for my amateur query, but was just heading to bed and have noticed star at about 30deg off horizon that is incredibly bright. Don't think it's Sirius (as it's much brighter). Is it a star gone supernova recently (as in as recent as tonight?)
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Hi And welcome to the forums!

    Depending on what your bedtime is then it was likely Jupiter as it starts to rise earlier now.
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Cheers Kingy, that makes sense. Can't believe we didn't even consider it could be a planet.
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Glad I could help.

    Jupiter starts to rise over the eastern horizon here down south at about 21H30 or so.
    It's also very bright like Sirius or Canopus even.
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Quote Originally Posted by saus View Post
    Cheers Kingy, that makes sense. Can't believe we didn't even consider it could be a planet.
    Reminds me of way back in the early '60s when I got my first telescope. I trained in on Jupiter and was convinced it was a supernova - until I saw the cloud bands and the red spot
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    It's hard to get two 14 year old boys excited about anything (unless it's Xbox), but they were enthralled with it. Thought we were witnessing a supernova event too but we're still suitably impressed about it being Jupiter.

    Thanks all for your very prompt responses.
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Quote Originally Posted by saus View Post
    It's hard to get two 14 year old boys excited about anything (unless it's Xbox), but they were enthralled with it. Thought we were witnessing a supernova event too but we're still suitably impressed about it being Jupiter.

    Thanks all for your very prompt responses.
    Have you got a telescope? You said you are new to astronomy, so perhaps not, but even a pair of binoculars will allow you and the boys to see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter lined up on either side of the planet. The moons will look like stars; no detail visible, but even a modest telescope will show you the bands of Jupiter. And Saturn is not far behind, with its ring system waiting for you to discover it!
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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Just get an app for your smart phone , lots available for free (sky view , star chart etc ) or stelarium costs a bit, and your phone will educate you, just remember that the planets rise in the east and set in the west , same as our sun , enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyageur View Post
    Have you got a telescope? You said you are new to astronomy, so perhaps not, but even a pair of binoculars will allow you and the boys to see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter lined up on either side of the planet. The moons will look like stars; no detail visible, but even a modest telescope will show you the bands of Jupiter. And Saturn is not far behind, with its ring system waiting for you to discover it!
    Voyageur,
    When i mentioned amateur, I meant amateur ;-) Don't even own a pair of good binoculars but have always taken an interest in the night sky and all things 'Space', and try to teach my kids what little I know of the solar system/MW Galaxy/universe. We live in a small east coast Australian town on the Tropic of Capricorn so our view of a clear night sky is pretty spectacular. Last night has got me thinking it's time to invest in a decent telescope.

    That reminds me of a funny coversation I had with my 7 y.o. daughter who recently queried at the dinner table
    &y.o.: "what's that planet that sounds like penis"
    puerile me: "um are you thinking of Uranus?"
    7y.o.: No
    Me: ah, you mean Venus......
    (Just to clarify, I pointed out the evening star to her months ago and told her it was a planet).

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    Default Re: Very bright star just appeared to east

    Probably big 'Ol Jupe.
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