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    Good evening,

    I enjoy walks in my local area. For the last few nights, there has been this star in the sky (in a west by southwest direction, about 50-70 degrees from the horizon, at about 5-7PM GMT.)

    It caught my eye as the brightest star in the sky, yet it was fading intermittently. About 30 seconds for each fade and as it got more towards a very dim star, the fade would increase in speed. Then the process would reverse up to a bright star again.

    Things Ive ruled out are planes, satellites (I wouldnt have thought you could see geostationary with the naked eye) and meteors.

    Nothing on a google search, any thoughts? Seen this phenomenon yourself?
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    Dunno about it fading maybe just a sort of twinkling effect.But Venus is the brightest object in the night sky other than the moon.So I would guess at Venus.Its also generally visible after the sun has set or before it rises.I.e dawn or dusk.
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    (Original post by SonoLuma)
    Good evening,

    I enjoy walks in my local area. For the last few nights, there has been this star in the sky (in a west by southwest direction, about 50-70 degrees from the horizon, at about 5-7PM GMT.)

    It caught my eye as the brightest star in the sky, yet it was fading intermittently. About 30 seconds for each fade and as it got more towards a very dim star, the fade would increase in speed. Then the process would reverse up to a bright star again.

    Things Ive ruled out are planes, satellites (I wouldnt have thought you could see geostationary with the naked eye) and meteors.

    Nothing on a google search, any thoughts? Seen this phenomenon yourself?
    I can rule it out as being a star or a planet for sure, but besides from that I wouldn't really be able to help you.
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    (Original post by Robby2312)
    Dunno about it fading maybe just a sort of twinkling effect.But Venus is the brightest object in the night sky other than the moon.So I would guess at Venus.Its also generally visible after the sun has set or before it rises.I.e dawn or dusk.
    Thats pretty much what made me take notice. It is quite a distinctive fade. Thats exactly what I said to my friend when we noticed it the other night as well.

    Im just wondering if this is a normal effect when viewing Venus.
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    (Original post by Robby2312)
    Dunno about it fading maybe just a sort of twinkling effect.But Venus is the brightest object in the night sky other than the moon.So I would guess at Venus.Its also generally visible after the sun has set or before it rises.I.e dawn or dusk.
    Venus certainly wouldn't be anywhere near that high above the horizon. Remember 90 degrees is directly overhead
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    tbh i have seen a star like that except it doesnt move to another star i just got brighter and much more closer to me. it was really something

    (Original post by SonoLuma)
    Good evening,

    I enjoy walks in my local area. For the last few nights, there has been this star in the sky (in a west by southwest direction, about 50-70 degrees from the horizon, at about 5-7PM GMT.)

    It caught my eye as the brightest star in the sky, yet it was fading intermittently. About 30 seconds for each fade and as it got more towards a very dim star, the fade would increase in speed. Then the process would reverse up to a bright star again.

    Things Ive ruled out are planes, satellites (I wouldnt have thought you could see geostationary with the naked eye) and meteors.

    Nothing on a google search, any thoughts? Seen this phenomenon yourself?
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    (Original post by RobML)
    I can rule it out as being a star or a planet for sure, but besides from that I wouldn't really be able to help you. Helicopter perhaps?
    Dont think so, no sound or noticeable movement. Its sort of like a single white christmas light on that slow fade effect.
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    (Original post by SonoLuma)
    Dont think so, no sound or noticeable movement. Its sort of like a single white christmas light on that slow fade effect.
    Yeah I posted that without realising you've seen it a few nights in a row
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    Im pretty sure its been Venus i have been seing in the night sky recently.
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    (Original post by unillama)
    tbh i have seen a star like that except it doesnt move to another star i just got brighter and much more closer to me. it was really something
    Yeah, it can be quite magical when you witness stuff like that. There was one time I was stumbling home drunk, and I saw a huge meteor with the tail coloured turquoise! Space is awesome lol

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    Yeah I posted that without realising you've seen it a few nights in a row
    Lol no worries

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    Im pretty sure its been Venus i have been seing in the night sky recently.
    If it is, it's damn strange.
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    (Original post by SonoLuma)
    Yeah, it can be quite magical when you witness stuff like that. There was one time I was stumbling home drunk, and I saw a huge meteor with the tail coloured turquoise! Space is awesome lol



    Lol no worries



    If it is, it's damn strange.
    Was it really 50-70 degrees above the horizon? Because I would agree it being venus if it wasn't so high
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    (Original post by RobML)
    Venus certainly wouldn't be anywhere near that high above the horizon. Remember 90 degrees is directly overhead

    They said 50-70 degrees.But you are right about it not being 90 degrees.If it was moving fast then it would have to be a satellite,plane or meteor.If not then that just leaves planets and stars. Venus is the brightest,then the next brightest would be Jupiter. So I would say one of them.Sirius is the brightest star,dunno whether you can see that though at the moment. No idea what the fading is though.
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    (Original post by RobML)
    Was it really 50-70 degrees above the horizon? Because I would agree it being venus if it wasn't so high
    Could be, I could be slightly overestimating. Though, I have seen Venus before yet never seen an effect like the last few nights, that's why it's so strange to me :/

    Edit, yeah probably more toward 50 degrees, my bad lol
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    Is it the one seen by the Magi perhaps? After all, you saw it on Epiphany.
 
 
 
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