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    Should have posted before but I'm sure you have noticed the planets are putting on quite a show.

    As the sun goes down there is the crescent moon and close by are Jupiter and the almost painfully bright and chunky Venus looking stunning. If its dark , turn to the left 90 degrees ish and lookup and you will see the bright orange / red mars. Pretty much our whole visible solar system right there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 275783
    Should have posted before but I'm sure you have noticed the planets are putting on quite a show.

    As the sun goes gown there is the crescent moon and close by are Jupiter and the almost painfully bright and chunky Venus looking stunning. If its dark , turn to the left 90 degrees ish and lookup and you will see the bright orange / red mars. Pretty much our whole visible solar system right there
    I walked out the front door before, looked up and there they all were! incredibly bright tonight for sure
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    The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) will be right next to the moon tonight too. It is pretty stunning. Thanks Chris for the info.










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    due to light pollution I can only make out about 5 stars in the pleides with the naked eye, hrough the scope it really comes alive though

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    thanks guys, I'll give it a shot later!
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    Would I be able to see mars as orangey with the naked eye? I thought I saw it a few nights ago














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    Definitely, its high in the sky to the south and is obviously different in color

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    Just went on google maps and yes I think it is Mars, so cool. My next house will be in the country side and then I will buy star gazing equipment














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    Mars is very orangey compared to other objects in the sky. It's easy to pick out. Steven and myself were out the other night pointing out objects to each other that could be seen with the naked eye. It was so clear that if you stared long enough you could make out the Orion nebula.

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    I love that

    I also love being able to see the whole of the moon even though only a crescent is lit - the rest is lit by 'earthshine' ie light reflected of the earth back up to the moon

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