Questions tagged [identify-this-object]

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What Constellation Is This? (Photo Included)

Observed on 9th of Jan 2021 in Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK) looking WSW at a little after Midnight.
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Does this photo show the “Little Dipper” and “Big Dipper”?

There are two clusters of stars that I always thought were the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. But after looking at images of the Little Dipper and Big Dipper online, I am not too sure if that's what ...
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What caused this mysterious stellar occultation on July 10, 2017 from something ~100 km away from 486958 Arrokoth?

In 2017 a series of stellar occultations by asteroid 2014 MU69 "Ultima Thule" now officially named 486958 Arrokoth were timed in order to obtain better orbital information before the New ...
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Moving stars in the sky

Today at 7:24 pm, I saw to stars moving parallel to each other for a few seconds in the sky. Then, both suddenly vanished. What phenomenon is this?
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I saw many moving stars moving at high speed and disappearing at the middle. What could it have been? [duplicate]

Time : 6:30 to 1:00 P.M. Location : 8°52'42"N 38°48'49"E Date : October 28, 2020 I saw stars moving one after another and there were many of them. After moving some distance they vanished ...
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I saw 3 consecutive object disappearing in the sky at same nearby location

I was roaming on my terrace and I saw star-like moving object that gradually became small, red colour and disappear. Within a few minutes I saw another similar-looking object a little distance away ...
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I've seen something Incredible in the sky and really need help identifying what it is! [closed]

It was about 4 A.M. in North Wales and I was getting bored of what ever I was doing so decided to look out the window. I really love looking at the stars but this time it was different. The sky seemed ...
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Which planet is this (if any)?

I live in Ahmedabad, in India, with an exact location of about 27.2048° N, 77.4975° E. Currently (as of this writing), it is 20:52 EST. I noticed a red object in the sky. (Forgive the crude imaging. ...
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Mystery CCD camera

What I know: this is a Meade-brand CCD camera. I believe it to be relatively old (2004?). It does not have a model number, and the only pictures I can find on the internet call it a "USB PC-...
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I saw a weird thing around Venus

I pointed my telescope (50mm aperture, 500mm focal length, 4mm eyepiece, image taken through a window) at Venus and saw this: What is it? I don't think this is Uranus or Neptune as my telescope is ...
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What is this planet or satellite in this picture?

I took this photo in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, 38°13'N 115°18'E (+38.23, +115.31) on the night of February 8, 2020. Here you can see a round object above the moon, and it was moving fast,...
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What could have this blue “bouncing” trail been? [closed]

Last night at around 8:45 PM (UK Time), I saw something I've never seen before. It was a cloudy night and I saw a flash in the sky. When I looked towards it, I saw something that looked like a ...
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Where was this photo of Nancy Grace Roman taken, what is the display shown?

Where was this photo of Nancy Grace Roman taken, what is the display shown, is there any technical information on this display and where is it now? If this is a NASA photo then there should be an ...
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Did I see a meteor(oid) or space debris or something else?

About three years ago I think, at night I've seen something enter the atmosphere in a glowing bright fireball. But I think it wasn't the fire from burning up, but because of ionization (what also ...
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What satellite is this?

While out viewing the Perseid shower last night (8/11/20), we saw an interesting object that I'm trying to identify. We're in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. It appeared to be traveling west->...
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Two luminous points disappearing in the sky

I saw a few days ago two luminous points in the sky, which were quite close (about 1-2 degree of separation between them) and not apparently moving (or to slow to be noticed with the naked eye). The ...
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What is the role of the mesh on which dipole elements of the MWA antennas are placed?

I was reading about the radio telescope - Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) situated in Western Australia. Antennas of this telescope are quite unique and different from the usual dish radio telescope. ...
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Multiple star-like looking objects moving across the sky [duplicate]

I know this question has been asked before, and not only on this resource. But none of the answers look satisfactory to my case. So yesterday shortly after dusk, rouhgly around 18 UTC (local 21PM, I ...
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Which stars have I been seeing?

In the past mornings I have used to get out before sunrise for a stroll, to get some exercise while not meeting other people. I live in Eindhoven (NL), and I get out of home at around 5:30 AM, when ...
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Moving objects in the sky tonight 27th March 2020 [duplicate]

Multiple moving objects not in a line. The are staggered single line and in groups of two or three. One or two moved downward. They had a dim light orangey colour. It was not obvious that these ...
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Light brightened dimmed disappeared reappeared [duplicate]

My son and I saw an unusual light sit in one spot for 15-20 minutes as it got very bright and dimmed, got bright, disappeared and reappeared repeatedly. It then slowly moved north-west then finally ...
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Was the “green star” event in NGC 3314 ever figured out or named?

from NGC 3314 Variable Object by By Bill Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) and Lisa Frattare (Hubble Heritage Project, STScI). The object in question is circled. Comments below this answer led ...
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Stars moving in a straight line in Minnesota [duplicate]

I was outside at around 7:50 to 8:09 ish. At I looked up in the sky to see around 20-50 stars or something moving in a straight line at the same speed. I have never seen anything like this ever. And ...
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Satellites traveling in single file across the sky [duplicate]

I just watched 46 (best count) satellites traveling in single file, about 3 second intervals between them. Is that possible? I don't want to believe they were UFO's. Time was ...
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How to understand the meaning of this International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) lunar occultation of Mars map?

Earthsky.org's Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on February 18 as well as Moon occults Mars morning of February 18 include the image below and credit it to The International Occultation Timing ...
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Exposure details for this now (in)famous image from Lowell Observatory?

IAU's announcement 19035 IAU Statement on Satellite Constellations, 03 June 2019 links to 19035a Trails made by Starlink satellites which contains the image shown below. Question: Is it possible to ...
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Line of satellite like moving objects [duplicate]

Earlier this morning when I went outside to get a drink around 04:00 Tasmanian time (GMT +11), I saw a line of moving lights in the night sky. They were all moving at the same speed similar distances ...
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Why is this shooting star wavy or squiggly toward the end of it's visible streak

I was taking photos of some stars when I noticed this shooting star was wavy toward the end (start?) of it's trail. My cousin suggesting that it could be the CCD in my camera or as it spiralling as it ...
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Did Hubble see a pair of UFOs? (Identify this artifact)

The image below is this one, found in this group of Hubble space telescope images of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov (C/2019 Q4). Can anyone recognize this pair of artifacts in the upper right ...
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Astronomy detective question: what part of the sky are these photos of? What are a few of the stars?

The 9to5Google article Exclusive: Official Pixel 4 camera samples show astrophotography, selfies, more [Gallery] shows some surprisingly nice (at least to me) photos of the Milky Way. I've asked ...
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What cluster of stars is this with a “dark donut” to one side?

In the 2011 Sixty Symbols video Spy Satellites (from Deep Sky Videos) after about 01:44 amateur astrophotographer Nik Szymanek shows an image of a cluster of stars ...
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What am I looking at here at Google Sky?

I was looking through the Google Sky map, when an object caught my eye: I am really curious as to what this is (just a big star? then why does it look so peculiar?) It's hard to search for online ...
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Brightest most colorful star in eastern morning sky not near any constellations; rises about 4 or 5 am?

I have been believing this is Saturn, but perhaps Antares instead? It is so colorful it shines blue, red, green and white. It is largest in sky in the East before dawn rises about 4 or 5 AM, seen ...
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“Table of Astronomy's” depiction of the solar system models

This is going to be a follow up question to my question about the "Table of Astronomy" from yesterday, What is this “Table of astronomy” about?. I wanted to take a close look at the three depiction ...
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What is this “Table of astronomy” about?

I found this picture while looking for some tattoo ideas and would like to know what these sketches are supposed to mean. Im especially interested in figures 1, 21, 53 and 56. It appears to be ...
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Does anybody recognize this kind of prism?

Supplemental to this answer to Did Edmund Scientific 4¼ inch Newtonians have 90° prisms as secondary mirrors in the 1970's? I was poking around a bit further and ran across this "1960's Edmund ...
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Why does this Lowell Observatory telescope have so many knobs? What do they all do?

The Fox News article Arizona city played critical role in moon exploration history covers several interesting activities that took place in Arizona in preparation for the Apollo Moon landings. It ...
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Which Lowell Observatory telescope is this? (used to draw Moon maps for the Apollo program)

The Fox News article Arizona city played critical role in moon exploration history covers several interesting activities that took place in Arizona in preparation for the Apollo Moon landings. It ...
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dull rock/potato-shaped object seen with naked eye, moving in straight line during night. What could it be and is size and speed estimation possible? [closed]

Between years 2009-2011, I was located in Greece, watching the perfectly dark night sky around 21:00-23:00 during summer, when I suddenly noticed a very dull dark-brown object that looked like a solid ...
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String of satellites [duplicate]

What appears to be a string of satellites moving nearly overhead towards NW at 10:30pm to 10:50pm Near Eagle River WI on Sun May 26, 2019. Was lead by 3 equally spaced (approx 1/2 in total length of ...
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Four Lights (star like) Moving in a Line Together [duplicate]

About 20 minutes ago, we saw four lights lined up and moving relatively quickly across the sky. These lights looked exactly like the stars around them - not red or blue or flashing or anything, just ...
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Strange lights moving North [duplicate]

My fiancé and I took our youngest sons out to sky watch at the river near by. The older of the 2 was looking up and said - "look it's Santa's reindeers!" All of us looked up and saw a ...
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Line of lights moving in a straight line, with a few following

My husband and I have just seen a line of about 15 lights moving in a straight line, quite high above the cloud level with a gap, and then 5 lights, a gap, another few, a gap, 1 light, a gap, and a ...
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Power spectrum of matter in the Universe

I have a picture of a power spectrum of matter in the Universe. What is the connection to Lyman alpha? Please describe it for me (horizontal and vertical and shape).
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What is the farthest we can see into the universe?

Is there a limit in which the mass in space obscure the ability to detect anything farther even as technology progresses? Related: Can the range of the observable universe be extended through an ...
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Is this the best non-radio image of whatever's at the center of M87? How was it taken?

The BBC News article First ever black hole image released shows the instantly-iconic radio image of the (almost certainly) supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, just released by the ...
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MeerKAT's Epic Image of the Galactic Centre, what are we seeing?

In this answer as well as this one, I've linked to New Jersey Institute of Technology's Dr. Dale Gary's nicely-written Physics 728 Radio Astronomy; Lecture #1 notes where I can see the image below. It ...
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What's the object in the sky?

Days before, I saw this pic. I don't know what it is. Edit: This pic was taken by a Taoist at an ancient ruins in Mongolia on 2012-07-15 04:12 UTC+8 (day break). He said it looked strange. Edit: I ...
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Did I see the dragon capsule on Friday night?

I live just south of Sydney Australia, and I went outside to watch the ISS pass overhead on Friday night. The ISS was following a smaller object easily visible to the naked eye. Sydney time 20.43 or ...
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Can Earth be ejected out of the solar system this way?

I found this image of what maybe a model of our solar system. Without a credible source I'm not sure I am looking at a star or black hole that comes close to our solar system and how it could throw ...