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I live in New England, Cape Cod to be exact.

I saw a very bright, twinkling object. I watched it for several minutes and it never moved. It was in the east just above the tree line, what might it be?

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Star like light moving in the sky, what could it be? $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Dec 18, 2018 at 7:20
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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't decribe "movement" hence not a dupe. What is missing is the exact time. From the time stamp I'd guess 02:00- 03:00 UTC or 21:00-22:00 in cape cod. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Dec 18, 2018 at 8:54
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh these are absolutely not duplicate. It looks more like another case of "let's see what I can get closed today" rather than diligent question curation. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 18, 2018 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ @JamesK Indeed not a duplicate, and also agree with the time stamp logic. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 18, 2018 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh Questions like this are mostly closed on the site, my goal was to rather close it as dupe than some other reason (f.e. "unclear" or similar). I also voted it up, because I like such questions. I think, not really answerable questions like "what glowing/twinkling thing did I see yesterday" should be either answered, or closed as dupe of a question having a flow diagram like "how to identify glowing/twinkling things on the sky". But, typically I am inclusionist and spare the close votes. I am now not very sure, what to do. What do you think, what should I do now? $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Dec 18, 2018 at 22:43

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I just did the following:

and looked in the southeast and found that the brightest star in the sky Sirius is currently only 20 degrees above the horizon. At that low altitude, and being a star (not a planet) it would definitely be bright and twinkle, and not appear to move like a plane.

It is rising, and moving diagonally to the right and up. Check back in an hour or so to confirm that if you are interested, or check in the next several days to confirm it's in the almost the same place each night.

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    $\begingroup$ Good stuff uhoh. $\endgroup$ Dec 20, 2018 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnDuffield in-the-sky.org is great stuff! I'm just master of screenshot/crop/paste ;-) $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 20, 2018 at 14:07

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