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Phil Plait's blog, Bad Astronomy, answers many of these questions. He reports that it was first spotted in WISE (Wide Field Infra-red Survey Explorer) data looking for Submillimeter bright galaxies, in the AllWISE data, it is just a blob. With follow-up observations by the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). You can read the journal article but it is ...


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"Nearly straight up" suggests Vega. At that time and location it is only 5 degrees from the Zenith. It is a notably bright star, much brighter than any which are nearby. Vega is a bright nearby star system. It isn't known to have planets, but is surrounded by a disk of dust and debris surrounding it. It spins rapidly, pulling it into an oblate ...


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