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Old April 19, 2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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BRIGHT star/planet in Northern sky tonight (East Coast)

As I was driving NorthWest around 10:30pm tonight I saw a VERY bright star, planet, plane, or UFO maybe about 45 degrees up from the horizon. It seemed to be two bright objects, one behind but seemingly slightly below the other, because it was elongated vertically. When it didn't move, it clearly wasn't a plane. I figured maybe Venus and another planet or star that appeared to be behind it.....

But when I Googled, I came up with Bright Vega. Anyone familiar with this? I'm not.

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance
and go down to April 19, though that site says Northeast and that was more Northwest.....

Any other ideas?
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Old April 19, 2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Jupiter and Venus have been putting on a bright show this last month. This Saturday night and early Sunday morning the Lynid meteor shower should be a good show. I have been seeing a few early shooting stars tonight.
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Old April 20, 2012, 02:49 AM   #3
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Venus and Jupiter are very close in the sky right now. And Venus is particularly bright right now. I bet that's what you saw.
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Old April 20, 2012, 06:40 AM   #4
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were you in a convertible? 45 is way up there, half way between the horizon and your Zenith I think VEGA was at about 11 altitude to the Northeast in central PA at 10:30pm
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Old April 20, 2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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45 was a guess....maybe more like 30. Whatever it was, was (appeared) lower a half hour later.

I figured Venus and Jupiter....but they were clearly apart the last few times I looked. This was one light or two that appeared very close together.

I dunno.....I'll look again tonight.
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other people also noticed this

including this pilot who thought it was another airplane.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/sleepy...7#.T5GILNmneSo

"A sleepy pilot who mistook the planet Venus for an oncoming plane sent his Air Canada jet into a steep dive that bounced passengers off the ceiling, injuring 16, and nearly caused a collision with a real plane flying 1,000 feet lower."

Oopsie.
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Astronomy Central - Planets to see tonight:
http://astronomycentral.co.uk/planet...he-sky-tonight
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Old April 20, 2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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Astronomy Central - Planets to see tonight:
http://astronomycentral.co.uk/planet...he-sky-tonight

Doug,

Thanks for the link - I was unaware of that site. Great info!


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