The week before last I saw the three stars of Orion's belt but the western sky was not completely dark.

Is there a list of acceptable stars (i.e. not exceptionally bright ones) that one can use for determining the end of Shabbat

What position in the sky must they be in?

  • All traditions about this have been lost with the advent of clocks and cities, but with some careful calculations you can make a very reasonable guess that any star (not planet) counts yutorah.org/lectures/1005719
    – Double AA
    Mar 3 at 21:26
  • so why is "medium size" specified? Mar 3 at 21:42
  • 1
    To exclude big wandering stars (aka planets)
    – Double AA
    Mar 3 at 22:32


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