Brighter Star in the night sky

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Brighter Star in the night sky
Posted by Headzy on Thursday, February 06, 2014 7:32 AM

Hey. Hello from Trinidad. I,m located 10° 2' to 11° 12' N and 60° 30' to 61° 56' W I signed up here because my love of the stars and the beauty I've been observing for the past two/three nights (even mornings it's so bright!) moved me. Anyone can help me identify the star/planet I've been observing?

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:31 PM

Welcome to the Astronomy.com forums,

Currently, the brightest nighttime object other than the Moon is the planet Jupiter.  It's located in the constellation of Gemini.

http://www.nakedeyeplanets.com/

http://www.curtrenz.com/jupiter.html

ttp://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

Venus is visible in the southeast prior to sunrise.  It is currently almost 10 times brighter than Jupiter.

http://www.astronomy.com/observing/sky-events/2014/01/venus-shines-at-its-brightest-before-dawn 

All five of the classical naked-eye planets are visible this month.  Mercury can be seen in the west and Jupiter in the east in the evening sky.  Mars is in the southeast and Jupiter is in the west at midnight.  Mercury and Venus lie in the southeast, Mars in the southwest, and Saturn in the south in the morning sky.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

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A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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