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Sound Off: It’s 10 p.m., and there are two stars in the western sky that are parallel to each other and very bright. Can you tell me what they are?

Adrian Melott, a Kansas University professor in the department of physics and astronomy, said those stars aren’t actually stars at all. They’re the planets of Jupiter and Venus. Venus should be the brighter of the two, Melott said.


Tim Quest 5 years, 8 months ago

OK, LJW, you win. You are clearly trying to troll us. You're sitting at your desks giggling about this, waiting for our reactions. Epic troll, LJW. Good on you.

pace 5 years, 8 months ago

What a pathetic waste of time, a campaign? to what? whine about a column you are forced to read? Pathetic and just a ruse to denigrate people. scum tactics.

mae 5 years, 8 months ago

That's what they teach you at KU. You can totally see those planets with the naked eye.

Total troll LJW, doesn’t necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.

Oh, you're not twinkling. That means you're a planet instead.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 8 months ago

I am a little confused (nothing new about that).

"Two "stars in the western sky that are very bright and ..........parallel to each other............Huh???

My geometry teacher told me that "parallel" meant two straight lines (plane geometry) or surfaces (solid geometry) that were wquidistant from each other. So how are "stars" which are presumably round "parallel" to each other???. "Near" or "ajacent" could be correct, although from our view, if they were actually stars, they could be many light years apart.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 5 years, 8 months ago

lol at "ajacent". If you're going to try and belittle someone you might want to use spell check first.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

Also, "wquidistant". Con cerning spel cheque: He doze knot nede 2 due that.

classclown 5 years, 8 months ago

superswagg56 (anonymous) replies… This section has become a complete waste of time. If it was many people would miss it? March 18, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.


Two that I know of for sure. If it were to disappear, what else would there be for you and farneymac to waste time whining about?

Makes you feel like a real badass dumping on this doesn't it?

Ray_Finkle 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm with Yeoman. How can two points be parallel to each other?

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

Arcane geometric observation: If you were to look at the end of a perfectly straight line, it would appear to be a point.

So, if you were to look at the ends of two straight lines from an omniscient point of view, they would appear to be two points.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

I left this out: They would have to be perfectly parallel in order to appear as points, and then only from an omniscient point of view.

Kontum1972 5 years, 8 months ago

did ya see last month...there were 3 stars in the western sky lined up 1 2 3 i got some pics of was really weird i remember about one year ago reading an article from a Mayan tablet of these stars alignment the same way each above each other...i live in west lawrence

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

One great thong about Lawrence is that it has a university and should therefore have one or two smart people. If one of you smart people see this, can you please explain how two points can be parallel? Thank you kindly.

blindrabbit 5 years, 8 months ago

Although Venus and Jupiter appear close together in the sky now, our orbit is actually between them, along with Mars (orbit between Earth and Jupiter) which is also visible now (reddish) arising after dark in the eastern sky and just about overhead at midnight. Also Mercury is faintly visible above the western horizon just after sunset, but before dark. As Jack Horkheimer said "just keep looking up".

oldvet 5 years, 8 months ago

OK, when you sober up and get up off of the lawn, you will notice that those street lights continue on in a straight line... and there are more than just those two.

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