Hey guys. I know it's been a seriously LONG time since I've come back to visit, and I offer my most humble of apologies. I'll certainly be back more in the near future, I promise. Life got in the way for a bit there, and things are calming down again. I have only popped in to say this one thing...
There is something in the sky right now that is NOT venus, but I think it is pretending to be. Stellarium and other similar software shows nothing where the object actually is, but it is "conveniently" close enough to where Venus is supposed to be, so people are going to obviously report that this is Venus. It is not. When I look at the current apparent magnitude of Venus, at "official" sources, the magnitude is way too low to be this super bright, FLASHY object in the sky.
I do not know exactly what it is, but it is not Venus. It is actually brighter than Sirius usually is. I will try to take pictures through my telescope tonight, as I am expecting to have clear skies.
I'll be back soon, I promise! I love and miss you all.