Seeking someone near my hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ for help on what exactly I'm seeing up there...

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Seeking someone near my hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ for help on what exactly I'm seeing up there...
Posted by gcrystle on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:50 PM

Hello Everyone, Thank you for checking this out and hopefully providing my curious mind some help. If you live in Havasu and I've got to assume anywhere (right?) what is it that I'm seeing up in the sky to the east. From where I'm at its directly over the lake, if looking out from the city. It was the brightest "star" I'd ever seen. And one that I've never seen before. And this isn't something that would go unnoticed. and i cant imagine it being a satellite like i hear most the lights up in the sky are these days. But when i rushed my dad out back to get a look at it, he said he's noticed it a few times lately. We were very curious as to what it actually was. Anyone know exactly? Im so excited to get some ffed back. thank you kindly. -Crystle

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Posted by johnjohnson on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:14 AM

Depending on the direction you are looking and the time of day, It could be 1 of two possibilities. If you are looking west at sunset (5 to 5:30pm maybe a little later in your area). Venus would be located to the south south west at about 20 degrees above the horizon. Currently at a magnitude of -4.7 it would be the brightest "Star" (although it is a planet) that you are seeing.

Later at night, about 10 pm if you look due east you will see another bright "Star". Located just below and to the south of the two bright stars Castor and Pollux is the planet Jupiter.


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Posted by Centaur on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 1:12 PM

Welcome to the discussion group, Crystle.

If you were observing during mid-evening, the star you saw in the east is almost certainly the planet Jupiter.  After the Sun, Moon and Venus, it is usually the brightest celestial object in the sky. Venus is currently seen in the southwest after sunset as John notes. With a telescope or perhaps binoculars, you should be able to see the four great Galilean satellites that orbit Jupiter.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 4:11 PM


You may want to download the free monthly Evening Sky Map and the free planetarium program called Stellarium, which can be found at and respectively.

Venus will be about 14 degrees to the upper left of the young crescent Moon in the southwestern sky after sunset tonight. The two celestial objects will be even closer together tomorrow evening.

Jupiter will be 5 degrees north of the waning gibbous Moon on the morning of December 19.

Dave Mitsky 

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Posted by PeakOilBill on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 10:08 PM

Click on StarDome under Observing on the top of the Astronomy webpage. Search the data base for where you are, and make sure the time zone displayed on the page is correct. What you see on the screen will match the sky nearly exactly, if your location and time are correct. Move the sight selector on the computer screen to what you want to identify at that position in the sky. What it is will be written at the bottom of the screen. 


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