It’s REALLY bright and people think it’s moving. But it’s not moving and not unidentified, it’s Venus.
Although it’s simply the planet Venus on its evening cycle, the Adelaide Planetarium has reported a number of callers concerned the unusually bright planet may be a supernatural occurrence.
“We have had some UFO calls,” said resident astronomy educator Martin Lewicki.
Mr Lewicki said those who ventured out into the bush on a ‘dark, moonless night’ could easily be fooled into thinking the brightly lit planet was moving.
The planet has been dominating the night sky since April and Mr Lewicki said people tended to forget it can appear in both the morning and night skies, depending on its cycle.
He said cloudy nights can sometimes produce a trick image for the eye, blurring the light and making the planet appear larger than it is.
Venus is so frequently mistaken as a moving UFO. This is a good lesson in eyewitness testimony. People can be very very mistaken.
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