Venus:The Evening AND Morning Star!

 

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:

 Year  Month
 1997  Not visible- the Sun's glare is too intense!
 1998  February through August
 1999  September through December
 2000  January through March

You can find Venus on the western horizon in the Early evening sky during these months:

 Year  Month
 1997  June through December
 1998 Not Visible - the Sun's glare is too intense!
 1999  January through August
 2000  August through December

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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