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I know its the time of year for such things (allegedly), :wink: but what's the very bright "star" in the east just now?

 

I'm assuming its probably some planet. Its best seen later in the night and early morning. By around 6 or 7am its getting pretty low in the sky, in the approx ESE or SE by E as seen from the Ness.

Get a set of binoculars on it, if you can see the moons (four of them), it's Jupiter.

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I know its the time of year for such things (allegedly), :wink: but what's the very bright "star" in the east just now?

 

I'm assuming its probably some planet. Its best seen later in the night and early morning. By around 6 or 7am its getting pretty low in the sky, in the approx ESE or SE by E as seen from the Ness.

Get a set of binoculars on it, if you can see the moons (four of them), it's Jupiter.

 

Not on a sub from Bobby Bayes' shop are you?!? :wink:

 

I don't own binoculars, so someone is going to profit from selling me a set before I can try to spot some moons.

 

I'll take it on trust that the majority opinion that its Venus is correct. I wouldn't know either way even if I could see it better anyway, the extent of my astronomy knowledge begins and ends with being able to find the plough, the north star, and the seven sisters.

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