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Anyone else seeing something like this? (I've been seeing it and a TH Member emailed me about seeing something like it. She is in TX about 200 hundred miles further north than I am.)

I am seeing a bright object in the eastern sky. For the past 3 weeks.
Quite bright, is not Venus.
No pics yet.  It looks due East, will need to figure that out better.
I think I did not notice it all the time, lots of trees obscuring the horizon.
It is blaringly bright, about a hand and a half above the horizon.
It doesn't seem to stay up there long, will need to do more observing.
(I am pretty far south in the continental US.) My approx latitude is 28°5′2″N 82°45′14″W

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2017, 04:38:33 PM »
Anyone else seeing something like this? (I've been seeing it and a TH Member emailed me about seeing something like it. She is in TX about 200 hundred miles further north than I am.)

I am seeing a bright object in the eastern sky. For the past 3 weeks.
Quite bright, is not Venus.
No pics yet.  It looks due East, will need to figure that out better.
I think I did not notice it all the time, lots of trees obscuring the horizon.
It is blaringly bright, about a hand and a half above the horizon.
It doesn't seem to stay up there long, will need to do more observing.
(I am pretty far south in the continental US.) My approx latitude is 28°5′2″N 82°45′14″W
You are in Eastern Time Zone?  And what time are you seeing the object?  I think Daylight Savings Time begins very soon, just as a reminder.  We're at around 37.5 Degrees North, and in Central Time Zone and will keep you posted if we/I see anything.

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2017, 05:11:40 PM »
Anyone else seeing something like this? (I've been seeing it and a TH Member emailed me about seeing something like it. She is in TX about 200 hundred miles further north than I am.)

I am seeing a bright object in the eastern sky. For the past 3 weeks.
Quite bright, is not Venus.
No pics yet.  It looks due East, will need to figure that out better.
I think I did not notice it all the time, lots of trees obscuring the horizon.
It is blaringly bright, about a hand and a half above the horizon.
It doesn't seem to stay up there long, will need to do more observing.
(I am pretty far south in the continental US.) My approx latitude is 28°5′2″N 82°45′14″W
You are in Eastern Time Zone?  And what time are you seeing the object?  I think Daylight Savings Time begins very soon, just as a reminder.  We're at around 37.5 Degrees North, and in Central Time Zone and will keep you posted if we/I see anything.

Hi ilinda - yes please let us know if you see it...
Yes, I am in EST. 
On the west side of FL, but actually only a little more than 100 miles from the Atlantic.
Thanks for the reminder... Was anticipating it. :) Been hearing the birdies sing and enjoying the earlier sunrises...
DST starts 2017 March 12   DST ends November 5
About the bright object. Haven't figured out yet, when the object first clears the horizon.
We have pines and oaks in the way.  Not visible yet.  8:10 PM EST  now
I seem to always notice it about 9 PM when I take trash out or call the cats and by then it is 1 1/2 hands high.

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2017, 05:18:24 PM »
Trying to figure out if it is a known planet,

http://earthsky.org/tonight/venuss-retrograde-starts-march-2

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 07:03:04 PM »
Couldn't see it last night until it climbed up out of cloud cover

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2017, 02:44:12 AM »
Didn't see tonight... If I go farther west out of the trees then I have the town lights...big lights near the shoreline, etc. I hope to get a better look.

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 05:07:59 PM »
Keep us posted!
I look but know the dense trees in all directions mean our "horizon" is way up in the air and not relevant to the real horizon that would be seen if the land were flat, and there were no trees around.  But when I travel around that after-dusk time, will certainly be looking and have camera handy.

BTW, I did look in our star and planet locator card and it mentioned that in Southern FL that there will be stars that are visible that are not on the chart because some of what is visible to southern FL is actually in the Southern Hemisphere, and thus not on our charts.  So it's possible whatever it is you are seeing is in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2017, 01:18:44 PM »
Keep us posted!
I look but know the dense trees in all directions mean our "horizon" is way up in the air and not relevant to the real horizon that would be seen if the land were flat, and there were no trees around.  But when I travel around that after-dusk time, will certainly be looking and have camera handy.

BTW, I did look in our star and planet locator card and it mentioned that in Southern FL that there will be stars that are visible that are not on the chart because some of what is visible to southern FL is actually in the Southern Hemisphere, and thus not on our charts.  So it's possible whatever it is you are seeing is in the Southern Hemisphere.

ilinda, yes please keep the camera handy...
I'm going to try and get farther west with my vehicle.
Like you, I have a bunch of trees blocking...
I'm a bit puzzled by it... was pretty darned bright and low on the horizon.
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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 03:07:00 PM »
Keep us posted!
I look but know the dense trees in all directions mean our "horizon" is way up in the air and not relevant to the real horizon that would be seen if the land were flat, and there were no trees around.  But when I travel around that after-dusk time, will certainly be looking and have camera handy.

BTW, I did look in our star and planet locator card and it mentioned that in Southern FL that there will be stars that are visible that are not on the chart because some of what is visible to southern FL is actually in the Southern Hemisphere, and thus not on our charts.  So it's possible whatever it is you are seeing is in the Southern Hemisphere.

ilinda, yes please keep the camera handy...
I'm going to try and get farther west with my vehicle.
Like you, I have a bunch of trees blocking...
I'm a bit puzzled by it... was pretty darned bright and low on the horizon.
Does it seem to "set" in the same manner as the sun?  And does it seem to be on or approximately on the ecliptic?

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 03:40:06 PM »
A lot of visual obstruction from where I am... So I notice it and do not know when it sets...
If I was out on the Gulf on a boat at night I could view it better.

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2017, 08:41:04 PM »
Did see it again, again pretty low, bright, looked pretty much due east I need to verify that better...

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Re: Bright object in eastern sky, about 1 1/2 hands over the horizon
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2017, 04:32:28 PM »
Did see it again, again pretty low, bright, looked pretty much due east I need to verify that better...
Can you look at it in binoculars?  I was shocked one night when I decided to look at a star cluster.  It was so clear that there were many many individual stars, whereas it had always appeared to be a whitish mass and could only be seen when looking off to one side a bit.  So please dust off those binoculars!  Then let us know what you see, like it's "apparent" diameter, color, etc.