The Night Sky

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STEVIEBOY1

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I know this is not at all rail related, but I thought that there may be some readers of this site that may also be interested in astronomy? In the past few evenings just around 630 pm, looking up at the sky in a southwest direction the moon is visable, then there are two lone Stars or perhaps planets that are visable. If one is looking at the moon, one of these stars/planets is located underneath the moon, to the right (at a sort of 5 o'clock position, the other is to the left in a sort of 10 , 11 o'clock position) Does anyone know what these 2 stars or planets may be. I wondered if the first one may be venus, not sure about the others. many tks Steve.
 
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There is already an astronomy thread here.

In answer to your question the object to the top-left is Jupiter and to the bottom-right is Venus.
 

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I've seen Jupiter with the Sun still above the horizon several times recently, using Venus and the Moon as a guide. It does require a very clear sky, though. Easiest chance of doing this is if you get a run of clear evenings and look progressively earlier each evening standing in the same spot near some object, paart of a roof maybe, that you can use as a marker.

As venus draws closer to Jupiter it'll become much easier just using Venus as the marker.
 
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