Venus is the brightest of the planets that are visible to the naked eye. Not only can we see and recognize it without a telescope, but it can be seen both in the evening at sundown and in the very early morning just before the sun begins to rise!
Here is a Backyard Science project for you to try at home:
In the early morning sky, look for Venus low on the Eastern horizon during these months:
You can find Venus on the western horizon in the Early evening sky during these months:
Why do we see Venus at these times? It all depends on the orbit of Venus and Earth around the Sun. Here's the Explanation
Fun Venus Fact:
- Venus can get so bright that people mistake it for a UFO! It is easily mistaken for a mysterious spacecraft because:
- a) Venus is so bright in the night sky
- b) Venus is found in the night sky long before any other planet or star
- c) In the morning sky, Venus still shines brightly against the light blue sky!
Once you know where to look for Venus, at times you can even see it in the normal day-lit sky!
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