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What is that twinkly thing in the sky?

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Eglantine21 Thu 26-Mar-20 20:27:50

Look out of your window towards Orion. Just about where Sirius should be is a twinkly thing, really bright, shining in rainbow colours.

It was there last night as well, even brighter and more rainbow-like.

What is it?

I’m afraid it’s aliens😱😱😱

SueDonim Thu 26-Mar-20 20:30:51

Venus, I think.

EllanVannin Thu 26-Mar-20 20:31:29

I see it when I look out of the back kitchen window---very bright.

Eglantine21 Thu 26-Mar-20 20:34:38

Why is it all rainbow colours?

EllanVannin Thu 26-Mar-20 20:35:54

Yes, it'll be Venus, a planet.

EllanVannin Thu 26-Mar-20 20:37:08

An optical illusion makes it appear with colours.

EllanVannin Thu 26-Mar-20 20:38:44

Various gases in the atmosphere I suspect.

tanith Thu 26-Mar-20 20:41:56

earthsky.org/tonight

I think this explain it really well, if it works 😂

imacmum Thu 26-Mar-20 20:46:08

I know exactly what you mean, it seems bigger and brighter then it’s ever been before. I thought it was something else but I don’t know what

tanith Thu 26-Mar-20 20:47:51

Maybe as a result of the cleaner skies due to the reduction in planes, cars etc

Eglantine21 Thu 26-Mar-20 20:50:39

I thought it was a plane at first because of the way it was flashing but it didn’t move. Then I got the binoculars and it looked crescent shaped.

Then ai thought it was a meteor 😱

Then I got to the aliens.......

I can go to bed if it’s Venus😁

Eglantine21 Thu 26-Mar-20 20:51:31

Wow, cleaner skies. That’s a thought!

Elegran Thu 26-Mar-20 20:58:25

The drop in pollution in Venice has been noticeable, apparently, so why not in the atmosphere too?

Elegran Thu 26-Mar-20 21:05:59

airqualitynews.com/2020/03/25/air-pollution-halves-during-first-day-of-uk-coronavirus-lockdown/

rosenoir Thu 26-Mar-20 21:35:08

The space station went past about 8.30 was visible for 4 mins.

Fennel Fri 27-Mar-20 10:45:30

Last night was the birth of the new moon, Nissan/Aries.
According to our lunar calendar.
Could have something to do with it. But also lack of pollution as others have said.

MawB Fri 27-Mar-20 16:24:37

Could it have been the International Space Station??

jerseygirl Fri 27-Mar-20 16:25:35

Its venus, its so lovely!!

MawB Fri 27-Mar-20 16:25:54

ISS times

Eglantine21 Fri 27-Mar-20 16:39:35

Whose the astronomer in the family?😀

Eglantine21 Fri 27-Mar-20 16:41:19

Who’s. I am literate if not scenotifications😬

Ha ha, look what spell check did!

MawB Fri 27-Mar-20 16:41:35

?????

Eglantine21 Fri 27-Mar-20 16:43:47

Oh I thought maybe one of your grandchildren had sent you the space station timetable.

MawB Fri 27-Mar-20 17:19:55

No - a pic I got off the Internet.

Lisagran Fri 27-Mar-20 17:29:20

earthsky.org/tonight

Venus