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Unusual Observation

  1. Oct 13, 2005 #1
    Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask such questions, but hopefully someone here can fill me in.
    I've noticed a star in the sky with a strong red tint to it. Venus is clearly visible, and this star is located just slightly higher. Its quite bright, one of the first dozen or so visible in the evenings, and I think its probably part of the constellation Scorpius, or if not, located within it. Can anyone here tell me if this is a star I am observing, and if so, why it appears to be coloured red. I've checked Heaven's Above, and can't find anything listed there.
    At first I thought it might be some sort of local atmospheric effect, but none of the nearby stars exhibit the same colour. I have also observed it several nights in a row now.
    Thankyou if anyone can help me with this.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 13, 2005 #2
    I think you’re looking at Antares, it would be the bright yellowish star in this picture
  4. Oct 13, 2005 #3
    Thankyou very much. That's it alright, I found out a bit more about it too.
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