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Unidentified Flying Planet

8 Dec 2013, 00:00 UTC
Unidentified Flying Planet
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Chances are, you've been in a conversation with people wondering what some dazzling object up there is. And if you recognize the planet Venus, chances are you knew that's what it was. But are you sure you would always recognize the second planet from the sun? Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending December 14, 2013
One of the other planets orbiting the sun shines brighter than almost everything else in the sky. It’s been around since before people were here to look up at it. You might think such an old and bright object would be recognizable. But it’s often not. Chances are, you’ve been in a conversation with people wondering what some dazzling object up there is. And if you recognize the planet Venus, chances are you knew that’s what it was.
People who investigate unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, somewhat often conclude that someone saw the second planet from the sun. Even though Venus was probably in nearly the same place for several nights or mornings, it got mistaken for something that hadn’t been there before. And even though it pretty much just hangs there in the sky while rising or setting with ...

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