Bright star in southwest sky

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Dowhatsright

Marion, IL

#1 Jan 2, 2012
Has anybody noticed that bright star in the southwest sky just about sunset? It's only about 10 degrees off the horizon. You can't miss it around 5:30 or 6:00 in the evening. I'm no astronamer (hell I can't even spell it), but I know [from school] that you can see Mars in the summer skies and Venus in the winter skies. Venus is there but this other star is the brightest star in the sky and I thought that Venus was suppose to be the brightest star in the sky at this time of year. Is there any amateur astronimers (haha) out there that can shed some light on what that is? Is it WORMWOOD?
Quite a few options

Carbondale, IL

#2 Jan 2, 2012
Jupiter is visible higher in the sky at that time of the evening, almost at its zenith. Venus is setting in SW. Maybe that's what you are seeing.

This article might be worth reading:
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visi...

Since: Sep 10

Marion, IL

#3 Jan 2, 2012
It's Venus...and it's nice to see
Just so you know

Belton, KY

#4 Jan 2, 2012
A comprehensive article about Venus can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus

Venus "overtakes" the Earth every 584 days as it orbits the Sun.[2] As it does so, it changes from the "Evening star", visible after sunset, to the "Morning star", visible before sunrise. While Mercury, the other inferior planet, reaches a maximum elongation of only 28 and is often difficult to discern in twilight, Venus is hard to miss when it is at its brightest. Its greater maximum elongation means it is visible in dark skies long after sunset. As the brightest point-like object in the sky, Venus is a commonly misreported "unidentified flying object". U.S. President Jimmy Carter reported having seen a UFO in 1969, which later analysis suggested was probably the planet. Countless other people have mistaken Venus for something more exotic.[74]Venus was known to ancient civilizations both as the "morning star" and as the "evening star", names that reflect the early understanding that these were two separate objects. The Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa, dated 1581 BC, shows that the Babylonians understood that the two were a single object, referred to in the tablet as the "bright queen of the sky," and could support this view with detailed observations.[79] The Greeks thought of the two as separate stars, Phosphorus and Hesperus, until the time of Pythagoras in the sixth century BC.[80] The Romans designated the morning aspect of Venus as Lucifer, literally "Light-Bringer", and the evening aspect as Vesper.
Dowhatsright

Herrin, IL

#5 Jan 2, 2012
Quite a few options wrote:
Jupiter is visible higher in the sky at that time of the evening, almost at its zenith. Venus is setting in SW. Maybe that's what you are seeing.
This article might be worth reading:
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visi...
OK, now I am freaked out! I was hoping someone would come back and say that Mars was just slow to get out of the way from summer. But nobody said that. You should go outside in the evening and look at this star. I am familiar with Venus and you can see Venus plainly next to the moon. But this star is lower in the sky than Venus. And it's HUGE. Our government would tell us if it were something we should be worried about. Right? Read what the Bible has to say about Wormwood. Or surf the web about it. Scary shit.
skywatcher

Metropolis, IL

#6 Jan 2, 2012
Venus shows up as a bright star (planet) at sun down in the winter soltice and as the morning bright star (plant) just before sunrise in the summer. As for the government....they will never tell us of an astroid about to hit the earth...why? First the panic might be worse than a small object impact....if larger than 1/2 mile....its all over anyway.
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Madisonville, KY

#7 Jan 2, 2012
Venus does not appear next to the moon. It closely follows the sun as the article I indicated makes clear. It is always near the horizon before sunrise or near sunset. I will try and find out what appears close to the moon.
Just so you know

Madisonville, KY

#8 Jan 2, 2012
According to this link
http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn1201.pdf

I believe you are seeing Jupiter
Jurt Kurgens

Marion, IL

#9 Jan 2, 2012
Dowhatsright wrote:
Has anybody noticed that bright star in the southwest sky just about sunset? It's only about 10 degrees off the horizon. You can't miss it around 5:30 or 6:00 in the evening. I'm no astronamer (hell I can't even spell it), but I know [from school] that you can see Mars in the summer skies and Venus in the winter skies. Venus is there but this other star is the brightest star in the sky and I thought that Venus was suppose to be the brightest star in the sky at this time of year. Is there any amateur astronimers (haha) out there that can shed some light on what that is? Is it WORMWOOD?
What you are seeing is a planet. Planets reflect light from the sun, and are usually seen as much larger than stars. Stars have their own light source, and can be seen as flickering if you look at them closely.
Dowhatsright

Herrin, IL

#10 Jan 3, 2012
Jurt Kurgens wrote:
<quoted text>What you are seeing is a planet. Planets reflect light from the sun, and are usually seen as much larger than stars. Stars have their own light source, and can be seen as flickering if you look at them closely.
That's kinda elementary. I think everyone knows that..... All you have to do is get out of your chair at about 6:00 and look in the southwest sky and you'll see what I'm talking about. At about that time Venus is [more or less] directly over head and is pretty bright. You can see it clearly. I can't explain to you how much brighter this star is, you just have to see it to understand what peaked my curiosity. If it IS Jupiter it sure is bright.
Dowhatsright

Herrin, IL

#11 Jan 3, 2012
Just so you know wrote:
According to this link
http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn1201.pdf
I believe you are seeing Jupiter
I went to that site and it said it was a forbidden access site. How did you access that?
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Cadiz, KY

#12 Jan 3, 2012
Apologies, you have to go through the main page first.

http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html

The PDF downloads are month by month near the bottom of the page.
really??

Paducah, KY

#13 Jan 3, 2012
Dowhatsright wrote:
<quoted text>OK, now I am freaked out! I was hoping someone would come back and say that Mars was just slow to get out of the way from summer. But nobody said that. You should go outside in the evening and look at this star. I am familiar with Venus and you can see Venus plainly next to the moon. But this star is lower in the sky than Venus. And it's HUGE. Our government would tell us if it were something we should be worried about. Right? Read what the Bible has to say about Wormwood. Or surf the web about it. Scary shit.
I seen something about wormwood on Dexter. Lol...
App for that

Iowa City, IA

#14 Jan 3, 2012
Get Google Sky for your cellphone. So handy, tells you where everything is, just hold it up!
Just so you know

Belton, KY

#15 Jan 3, 2012
Downloaded that Google App and I was correct. The bright star directly overhead at 7:32 pm 1/3/2012 near the moon is Jupiter. Venus, the brighter of the two, was in the southwest sky and has just dropped below the horizon.

Great little app and it was free, too. Didn't even know it existed.

Since: Nov 11

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#16 Jan 3, 2012
Stargazer

United States

#17 Jan 3, 2012
Just so you know wrote:
Downloaded that Google App and I was correct. The bright star directly overhead at 7:32 pm 1/3/2012 near the moon is Jupiter. Venus, the brighter of the two, was in the southwest sky and has just dropped below the horizon.
Great little app and it was free, too. Didn't even know it existed.
What is the name of that app?
Just so you know

Elkton, KY

#18 Jan 4, 2012
I found it on my Samsung Captivate as Google Sky. Someone else told me about an iPhone one called Star Walk but I couldn't find that.
DAN

Bullhead City, AZ

#19 Apr 30, 2013

In Arizona it is south west , the moon is far east so what is the brightest star in the sky ?
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Princeton, KY

#20 Apr 30, 2013
DAN wrote:
In Arizona it is south west , the moon is far east so what is the brightest star in the sky ?
Right now today at 7:43 CDT, Venus is just above the sun going down on the horizon by I'm gonna say 3 - 5 degrees above the horizon. Slightly higher than that traveling up at a slight angle to the SW for the ecliptic is Jupiter (maybe 10- 12 degrees above the horizon.) Lost my Android phone and got a new Windows 8 one and they have a similar program like I mentioned before in this thread: SkyMap.

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