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    I am pretty sure what i saw last night in the northern sky, pointing east, was Venus. But i am a bit confused. It was not an airplane, it was a sphere, and it appeared to have three moons.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Michal, it sounds like you may have seen Jupiter.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Michal, it sounds like you may have seen Jupiter.
    Juipter was in the opposite side of the sky though. I may have seen some other outer planet like Uranus (most probably), though i dont know for sure.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Uranus would show as a coloured spot but any moons would be out of reach.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Definitely not Uranus. I have seen the brightest moon of this planet at magnitude 13.9, even in the 10 inch scope it was difficult to see. Uranus itself is a very small disk, and with your scope may only appear stellar.

    As Gabrielle said, try downloading Stellarium (link below), set it for your city and then set the date/time of your observation and see what you can find. Remember, just because you see stellar points near a planet, that doesn't mean they are moons. They may simply be field stars in the sky along the line of sight of the planet. If it were Saturn, then I'd think you would have noticed the rings. Always a good thing when you see something you're uncertain of to include the time of the observation either in your local time or UTC. Also if you know the approximate constellation in which you saw it, that can be helpful as well.

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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Hi Michal,
    Couldn't take the suspense, so I checked for you... Was probably Jupiter; Io was going around the back of the planet; would've been all but invisible by 8:00PM from your location. You would have had a nice view of the 3 moons visible.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    If you saw something with three moons it was probably Jupiter, if you had seen Saturn you most likely would have discerned the rings. Venus, often called the "evening star" or the "morning star" usually is visible for awhile after sunset or other times in the morning skies. Good luck with more observing Michal.
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    Default Re: Late Night Venus

    Venus should be visible to you early in the morning low in the east.

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    I saw it at 140x with a 90mm Maksutov a couple of days ago at about 04:30 British Summer Time.

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    The phase was quite visible. Be careful of the rising sun though as it is not far behind Venus.

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