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mojojerry
2015-May-05, 05:57 AM
Hello all. I am new to this site and a novis at Star gazing. But I keep seeing this star. It's very bright and the first one I notice in the spring. So if you know? What is the First Star in the western sky, as seen from alabama with the nacked eye at 9 pm on the 4th of may 2014? thanks Jerry ;)

grapes
2015-May-05, 09:39 AM
Welcome to CQ, mojojerry!

Did you mean 4th of May 2015? Then that star you're seeing has almost certainly been Venus. It won't be an evening star forever, though.

DaveC426913
2015-May-05, 12:53 PM
Yes, Venus is currently in the Western evening sky, outshining everything else by several magnitudes.

Amber Robot
2015-May-05, 04:54 PM
What power binoculars/telescope is necessary to see the phase on Venus?

Trebuchet
2015-May-05, 05:25 PM
Not a whole lot, I think. I believe I've seen them with 10x50.

Amber Robot
2015-May-05, 05:40 PM
Great. I've been meaning to dig up my binocs and take a look.

ngc3314
2015-May-05, 10:45 PM
When a thin crescent, I can get it to show in handheld exposures with a 300mm zoom lens (although it appears too thick compared to stronger optical aid).

When it's very thin, there have been a few apparently reliable reports of people picking it out with the naked-eye (or example asking why the crescent orientation in a telescope is inverted from what they see directly). If anyone reading this has really good vision and young eyes...