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Like other apps such as PeakVisor for identifying mountains, I was hoping there was an app with which I could upload a photo to identify stars in the night sky. I’m not finding one so thought I’d try here. This photo was taken at Eagle River Nature Center in Eagle River, Alaska at roughly 18:00 on December 17, 2022. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure you have the time/date correct.? I ask because the moon doesn't rise until after midnight (local time) at the moment $\endgroup$
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    $\begingroup$ I was facing roughly south-southeast when the photo was taken. The time is accurate since I was on a walk which started at 17:30 and ended at 18:30 local Alaska time. I tried cropping out landscape of this photo as well as another taken on the same walk. I’ll give that a try at Astronomy.net as suggested. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 3:27
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    $\begingroup$ I checked the data on the photo and it shows December 17, 2022 at 17:57 $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 3:35
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    $\begingroup$ I took the photo and that’s the accurate date and time. I was there for the Nature Center’s annual ice luminary walk. As a member, I was on the walk that started at 17:30. The tallest peak you see on the right side of the frame is Eagle Peak. I was standing north of it about half a mile from the Nature Center which is at the end of Eagle River road if you’re looking at a map of the area. That bright spot in the sky is what I was originally interested in identifying. It’s in several of the photos from that night. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 5:03
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    $\begingroup$ I understand what you mean about lens flare. I don’t see that in the photos but I suppose it’s possible. Other friends that took photos that same evening have the same object in their photos. Always in exactly the same location in the sky. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 7:57

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The bright object is Jupiter. Cetus is to the left and Aquarius is to the right. Looking SSE from Eagle River on 2022-12-17 at 17:57 UTC-9, Stellarium shows:

Stellarium screenshot matching photo in question

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you! And after this experience (my very first trying to identify anything using this forum) you have all piqued my interest in getting better photos and doing my own research with the resources provided. Thank you so much for your kindness and assistance! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 17:14

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