Mysterious Evening Sky in Ireland - Solve the Mystery!

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In summary, the sky is cloudy, with no bright stars or planets visible. However, the moon is so bright it is drowning out the other stars, and if it is humid, the sky's transparency could be low, causing the stars to be blocked.
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It's early evening here (Ireland).
The Sun is definitely set, and there is a bright half Moon.
However there are no stars or planets visible at all, anywhere in the sky.
There is no cloud, at least nothing substantial, the Moon is perfectly bright, no sign of cloud in that part.
There are low level street and house lights, but I don't think that's what it is.
Stars and planets are usually well bright enough to see on a generally clear night.

Any clues?
 
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After sunset there is a period of twilight, where the sky is light enough so that starts are not visible.
 
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Damn, rootone, I'm afraid you're going blind :smile:
 
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A faint layer of high level cloud will not affect the appearance of the Moon to the unaided eye but it can render anything else not visible against the twilight sky.
If you stand and watch for ten to fifteen minutes you often see just one bright star first and then the other bright ones become visible, one by one. The sunlight is getting less and your dark adaptation is getting better. I believe that your eyes need to get used to focusing properly at that time, too.
A few evenings ago, the sky was about 5/8 covered with thick, dark, lowering clouds and they all had deep red undersides - even those to the East. The colour was crimson and not like the typical orange of a setting Sun. There was a lot of dust from the Sahara in the air a few days previously and that effect on the sky actually made the (London) TV news. But I guess that whould have all cleared before our crimson clouds so I have no idea what caused them.
I live to the East of London and we are very fortunate with our sunsets, probably due to all the pollution over the capital. It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Take Turner's and Monet's stunning London sunsets; all due to smoking chimneys (plus a bit of imagination, I guess).
 
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Thanks, the stars are back now.
 
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rootone said:
It's early evening here (Ireland).
The Sun is definitely set, and there is a bright half Moon.
However there are no stars or planets visible at all, anywhere in the sky.
There is no cloud, at least nothing substantial, the Moon is perfectly bright, no sign of cloud in that part.
There are low level street and house lights, but I don't think that's what it is.
Stars and planets are usually well bright enough to see on a generally clear night.

Any clues?
Two:
1. The moon is so bright it is drowning out the other stars and preventing your eyes from adjusting enough to see them. (like staring into a car's headlights) This is certainly part of it.
2. If it is humid, the sky's transparency could be low, causing the stars to be blocked. You wouldn't necessarily notice the difference with the moon. This is noticeable during the day as the difference between a deep blue and a light blue sky and will differ by altitude angle (how high up you are looking).
 
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Read 'Nightfall' by Isaac Asimov if any of you are worried about the stars disappearing for a long time and then suddenly appearing again .
 
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There are also no bright planets on view at the moment, except Saturn which sets quite early.
 
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Nidum said:
Read 'Nightfall' by Isaac Asimov if any of you are worried about the stars disappearing for a long time and then suddenly appearing again .
Yes, I was a big Asimov fan, still am really, but I think I probably have read all the best stuff, and that is one of them.
 

Related to Mysterious Evening Sky in Ireland - Solve the Mystery!

1. What makes the evening sky in Ireland mysterious?

The evening sky in Ireland is considered mysterious due to the presence of unusual lights and patterns that cannot be easily explained. These lights and patterns have been reported by many witnesses and have sparked curiosity and speculation about their origin.

2. Are there any scientific explanations for the mysterious evening sky in Ireland?

Scientists have proposed several theories to explain the mysterious evening sky in Ireland. Some believe that it could be caused by natural phenomena such as bioluminescent plankton or atmospheric conditions, while others suggest it could be a result of human activity such as light pollution or military exercises.

3. Where in Ireland is the mysterious evening sky most commonly observed?

The mysterious evening sky has been observed in various locations throughout Ireland, including the coastlines, rural areas, and even in cities. However, there are certain regions such as County Cork and County Kerry where the sightings have been more frequent.

4. How can we solve the mystery of the evening sky in Ireland?

To solve the mystery of the evening sky in Ireland, scientists are conducting further research and investigations to gather more evidence and data. This includes studying the patterns of the lights, analyzing atmospheric conditions, and ruling out any possible natural or man-made causes.

5. Is there any danger associated with the mysterious evening sky in Ireland?

As of now, there is no evidence to suggest that the mysterious evening sky in Ireland poses any danger to humans. However, it is important to continue studying and understanding these phenomena to ensure the safety and well-being of the public.

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