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Unusually bright "star"

Unusually bright "star"

Postby unocorko » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:02 am

Hello everyone. i'm new here but i'm enjoying this site a great deal. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to astronomy, but have always been extremely fascinated. My question is, I assume i am looking at Venus low in the eastern sky in early morning. It seems to be a lot brighter than usual. Is it at a closer point to Earth? I live in southern Florida.
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Re: Unusually bright "star"

Postby admin » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:35 pm

unocorko wrote:Hello everyone. i'm new here but i'm enjoying this site a great deal. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to astronomy, but have always been extremely fascinated. My question is, I assume i am looking at Venus low in the eastern sky in early morning. It seems to be a lot brighter than usual. Is it at a closer point to Earth? I live in southern Florida.

Yes, Venus is closer now, it passes betwen Earth and Sun.
Here's a good article: http://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-getti ... redawn-sky
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