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#1 cory

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 06:34 PM

anyone know what star rises in the south this time of year? i have been looking at one that is so cool....it's got 3 colors to it, green, yellow, and red which flash intermittantly and the star itself looks like a tiny sparkler...very interesting. I'm pretty sure this is a star i'm seeing because planets dont twinkle or sparkle like that.

#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 08:47 PM

What time does it rise???

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 02:42 AM

It sounds like Antares.

Does it rise in the morning?

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:18 AM

it rises in the late evening here in S Arizona...right around 11 pm.    ;D

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 12:40 PM

if its very bright it may be Arcturus.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:07 AM

Sounds like Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Southeast of Orion. The colors are the result of atmospheric and/or optical refraction.

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#7 cory

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:49 AM

it actually rises around 9 pm  and stays low on the horizon, due south.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:19 AM

That sounds like Sirius to me also. What constellation is it in?
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:01 PM

I agree on Sirius, too.
Cory, check out http://www.stellarium.org/
There is a free software with a nice graphic setup that gives real time views of the sky. It's free too.
It with this that got me hook. It's how I discovered that star I was looking at over the summer was really Jupiter. Duh!!!
Anyway, I use it for quick references as to what I am seeing, and what I can expect will be over head before venturing out into the cold.
If you use this, you'll see Sirius is is about South, Southeast (as I write this).
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#10 cory

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:35 PM

wow this looks really cool...thanks a mill for that! :)




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