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    Hey all,
    im very new to this and i have been seeing a very very bright star in the sky, i'm not sure what it is and my telescope is not by any means good jsut a small cheap one to start with.
    but the star that im seeing is atleast 6-7 times brighter then any other star i can see in the sky and is always in the same position about this time. i dont know any co-ordinats taht i can tell you about it or where to look :/ .
    i have been looking online and people are saying its part of orion but i can see orion and its no where near it, other websites say of somthing call nibiru and after reading this and seeing youtube videos i am actually alittle scared.
    but can anyone tell me what the extreamly bright star in the sky is? its not missable so i know somone will be able to tell me.
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    Hello shodow and welcome to the forum.

    The brightest object in the night sky presently, besides the Moon, is Venus. Venus appears as a very very bright star in the West during the early evening hours.

    The next brightest object in the sky presetly is Sirius, which is also the brightest star in the sky, and appears in the south down and eastward of Orion in the constellation Canis Major.

    You may rest easy and expend no concern over these YouTube videos. Conspiracies and hoaxes abound on there, and may be immediately discounted as complete rubbish. GIVE THESE NO HEED at all. They are simply not worth any consideration.

    We have countless thousands of amateur astronomers, as well as professionals, scanning the skies on a nightly basis, and you can most assuredly rest easy in the fact that nothing terrible is occurring in the night sky that will adversely affect our place in the cosmos.
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    Thank you for the fast respons Bladekepper.
    i have read that it could be venus.
    im just wondering how come it is so bright in the sky tho?
    is it at its closet point to earth at the moment or jsut the say the sun's light reflects back off it?
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    Your best bet, is to download this
    Stellarium

    A desktop planetarium program that will show you exactly what is what, and where in the sky at any time for your location.
    Welcome!


    (I'd kind of like to get a glimpse at Nibiru.... )
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    If you own a smartphone, there are two or three apps that turn your phone into a object finder. You hold the phone up to the sky and the objects of import that are in the field of view are identified. SkyView makes a freebie as well as a $3 version with more data. Its main drawback is lack of a pinch zoom. I own the paid version after trying the free version. I also own SkyGuide which is $3 and has pinch zoom. Best is probably SkyGuide 5 Plus but that version is $15 although they have a less expensive version and a more expensive version which is suitable for dedicated amateurs. With one or all of these on your phone (or tablet), you'll never wonder again what you're looking at.
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    See this: https://in-the-sky.org/data/planets.php

    Venus is approaching it's inferior solar conjunction toward the end of this month. It will also be at it's brightest toward the end of April.

    Venus is also completly shrouded in thick cloud cover and has a high albedo, reflecting a lot of sunlight and appears quite bright. Most of the time we need to use a filter to observe it to cut some of the light down.

    It can really put on a good show when it gets bright like this. We have lot's of inexperienced folk sign up asking about it.

    Late during the evening hours, if you look east, you'll see Jupiter rising. Not quite as bright as Venus, but plenty bright on it's own. Point some binoculars at it, and you'll see four little pinpoints of light around it representing it's four largest moons.

    And be careful, you'll get bit by the astronomy bug and next thing you know you'll be shopping for a bigger telescope.
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    Default Re: Help with what i see.

    ...Or a camera....
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