View Full Version : First Star in the western sky, as seen from alabama at 9 pm on the 4th of may 2014

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 ;)

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.

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?

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.

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...