- StargazingTrackWorld – Astronomers in the House?
Unless it was moving pretty quickly it probably wasn’t the ISS – that crosses the sky in about a minute or so.
Last night facing southwards you’d probably see a few of the brighter stars. Sirius was pretty low, but would have been well visible. Further west you’d see Betelgeuse and Bellatrix in Orion and further west still is Jupiter – still the brightest thing in the sky at the moment.
JPosted 5 years ago
Definitely wasn’t any part of Orion – Orion was probably in the South South West to South West at the time; it definitely wasn’t Jupiter because I know where that is, although it was about as bright, if not brighter. This was definitely due South, as the front of my house faces that way and I was looking out of the front bedroom window.
Definitely wasn’t a comet, and no way was it a meteor/ite (not travelling fast enough).
It was moving reasonably quickly (East-West) but not say as quick as aircraft that were visible. If I can get photos tonight I’ll put them up. I’ll try to get a star-trail to give an idea of it’s path.
EDIT – Looking like it may have been Sirius then…Posted 5 years ago
Have you got a smartphone? There’s some pretty impressive apps. You point your phone at the sky and it tells you what you are looking at in any direction.
Duh, why didn’t I think of that 🙄 ??
You need to download this free software: http://www.stellarium.org
Saturn is very bright and low in the southern sky at that time.
Cheers, I’ll give it a try.Posted 5 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Question for any amateur (or professional for that matter) astronomers in the house – what was the very bright light in the Southern sky last night about 9 o’clock, probably about 20 degrees up from the horizon? I’ve noticed it before and assumed it was the ISS.
I don’t know if the atmosphere was particularly clear last night but it seemed incredibly bright and when I looked at it through my binos and a particularly crappy spotting scope which I have, it appeared to be sparkling all different colours.
Answers on a postcard please!Posted 5 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
It was moving reasonably quickly (East-West) but not say as quick as aircraft that were visible
Ah just spotted that. Moving (at a pace that is visibly noticeable) won’t be any kind of star or planet. East-West won’t be ISS (that’d be West-East approx). Gonna be some orbital object or aircraft if it’s moving. heavens-above might help. If it was fixed relative to other stars, then Sirius.Posted 5 years ago
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