Guess what guys

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i saw summin last night it whoosshed past, i was just looking out the window at the stars it was a really clear night and then i saw it i dont kno what it was a comet? or a rock or something falling to earth. but it made me feel better, i was feeling upset before. around quarter to 9.
 

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Time watching the night sky is time well spent.

Not a comet...actually a meteor.
 
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yep ur right. i never saw anything like it beofre though.
 
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I, myself, have recently been watching the sky in awe, I have rediscovered a love of looking at the night sky that I developed as a child. It was the thrill of seeing a particularly bright point in the sky and suspecting that it wasn't a star before finding out that it was Mars that did it for me though.
 
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o i saw something orange like bright star. could it have been mars? but i thought u cant see it with naked eye
 
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alias25 said:
o i saw something orange like bright star. could it have been mars? but i thought u cant see it with naked eye
You can see Mars comfortably with the naked eye. Mars isn't too far from the Pleiades at the moment if that helps.
 
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yesss i did see mars i saw that pleiades u sed, it looks a bit like a saucepan, and it kept twinkling alot could be cause of the clouds, is pleiades quite isolated from other constellations? cause the one i saw near that orange object was
 
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A few weeks visibilty of mars was excelent just to the left of the moon however with all the hype about it being so large and close to earth lately i thought it would be brighter than i actually saw but it still was awesome to look at
its nice to go to the cottage and get awya from the city lights were u can lookup in the night sky and see shooting stars and satellites every few minutes
 
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alias25 said:
yesss i did see mars i saw that pleiades u sed, it looks a bit like a saucepan, and it kept twinkling alot could be cause of the clouds,
Stars appear to twinkle because the starlight reaching your eye has been buffeted around (refracted) by the Earth's turbulent atmosphere. This effect is more pronounced when the star is near the horizon (more atmosphere to go through compared to a star directly overhead).

is pleiades quite isolated from other constellations? cause the one i saw near that orange object was
Perhaps you mean "star cluster" rather than "constellation"? Yes, under typical urban/suburban skies (where light pollution from city lights drowns out many of the fainter views in the night sky) you won't see other similar clusters immediately around the Pleiades.

Mars is a particularly bright orange color over these few weeks (rising in the east around 9 pm and high in the eastern sky by midnight).
 

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