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Bright cluster in the sky
« on: May 06, 2020, 10:09:27 pm »
What's the really bright cluster in the sky ?  Roughly north west (10:00 pm tonight)and as bright as aircraft nav lights. Looks like a cluster of about five objects. I have noticed it a few times over the last month.Is it the new satellite constellation? I have looked that up but it looks more stretched out in all the pictures I can fined. These are really close together.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2020, 10:10:47 pm »
What's the really bright cluster in the sky ?  Roughly north west (10:00 pm tonight)and as bright as aircraft nav lights. Looks like a cluster of about five objects. I have noticed it a few times over the last month.Is it the new satellite constellation? I have looked that up but it looks more stretched out in all the pictures I can fined. These are really close together.

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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2020, 10:18:27 pm »
Moving?

Elon Musk is firing about 1000 satellites into orbit at the moment

Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2020, 10:24:31 pm »
Moving?

Only as fast as the earth is rotating. Looks like five objects in a pentagon formation.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2020, 10:28:11 pm »
Google "starlink" for more info. You'll often get links to pages for a specific day.

What's the really bright cluster in the sky ?  Roughly north west (10:00 pm tonight)and as bright as aircraft nav lights. Looks like a cluster of about five objects. I have noticed it a few times over the last month.Is it the new satellite constellation? I have looked that up but it looks more stretched out in all the pictures I can fined. These are really close together.

They're initially launched in batches, so are often in close proximity to each other, and then they're all designed to spread out slightly, so groups will often be clumped together for a while before they eventually split up. Or sometimes the launch has them all strung out in a line, but they'll be moving at slightly different speeds so that, eventually, they'll all be spread out to form a big mesh.
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2020, 10:32:26 pm »
Is this where we all wake up blind & find we are being stalked by carnivorous plants ?
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2020, 10:39:12 pm »
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2020, 11:06:11 pm »
The brightest thing in that direction is Venus. It's near the constellation of Auriga, which has some of the brighter stars in that direction. Starlink satellites would be noticeably moving with respect to the background stars.

Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2020, 04:22:54 am »
Covid-20?
Sic transit and all that..

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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2020, 09:15:13 am »
Sounds like the Musk Rat's latest contribution to orbital debris.
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2020, 11:40:15 am »
Sounds like the Musk Rat's latest contribution to orbital debris.
I'd day not, as the OP said they were geostationary.
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2020, 12:22:38 pm »
I'm not saying it's aliens...
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2020, 12:25:14 pm »
I'm not saying it's aliens...

But it's aliens.

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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2020, 02:24:02 pm »
Sounds like the Musk Rat's latest contribution to orbital debris.
I'd day not, as the OP said they were geostationary.

Right enough.  Nowt there I can think of, the Pleiades should have set by then.

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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2020, 03:53:53 pm »
It's not Starlink.
According to www.heavens-above 
the next time Starlink will be visible in our skies isn't until May 21st.

Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2020, 04:28:48 pm »
Sounds like the Musk Rat's latest contribution to orbital debris.
I'd day not, as the OP said they were geostationary.

Ah, I missed that bit.

An app like SkyView would allow you to point your phone at them and it'd tell you if it was something it knew about in that part of the sky.
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2020, 09:12:40 pm »
It's not Starlink.
According to www.heavens-above 
the next time Starlink will be visible in our skies isn't until May 21st.

I appear to have some more recent information:
Go here:  https://james.darpinian.com/satellites/?fbclid=IwAR02PQWiIdLmWYcbozukA2bCbiF9cic0FQiE44sQYZfprGDqevq_LJr92EM

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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2020, 09:15:46 pm »
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2020, 09:20:11 pm »
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Re: Bright cluster in the sky
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2020, 10:12:56 pm »
Mystery solved.

It's Venus.

My eye site is worse than I thought its creating the appearance of a cluster of lights. Got the bins out and focused on the light and it resolved into a single point.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.