Simply look westward, where Venus will be visible around 40 degrees above the horizon (around halfway between the horizon and the zenith above your head). Because of the great distance between Venus and the sun, it shines brightly for several hours until sinking around midnight. It's easy to find since it's the brightest object in the evening sky.
Venus is the only planet that can be seen from Earth with the unaided eye. It's a brilliant light in the night sky, but it isn't actually visible to the naked eye because it doesn't have enough mass to create its own gravity. Instead, it relies on sunlight from the Sun to feed its oceanic surface waters which evaporate slowly creating clouds that block out much of the sun's light. The remaining light passes through these clouds to illuminate the far side which we see as the nightside.
The next time you look up at the night sky make sure to look westward to see Venus shining bright among the stars.
After the sun has set, Venus is quite easy to locate. It's a beautiful bright object in the night sky, so don't miss out on seeing it.
The next morning, you should be able to see Venus just as easily as during the day. It's just like looking at the Sun at midday, except that it's much brighter and closer together than our star. The further away from us it is, the dimmer it appears because we're viewing it across such a vast distance.
Venus is always visible in the evening twilight, but if you live somewhere cold then it won't be visible until after midnight. In fact, according to NASA, it won't be visible from almost all of North America until well after midnight this year. That's because the planet is currently located inside the Earth's shadow, which stretches from Canada all the way down to South America.
If you want to see Venus as it looks from outside the Earth's atmosphere, then you'll need a telescope.
Venus is not seen against the background light of the Sun until it is 5 degrees from it, therefore it cannot be seen until 20 minutes after sunset or before sunrise. Venus's greatest eastern and western elongations are 45 and 47 degrees from the Sun, respectively, and it travels 3 hours and 8 minutes behind or in front of the Sun. At these distances, Venus is visible for about 2 weeks from each end of its orbit.
During a venusian year, which averages 119 Earth years, Venus orbits the Sun twice; one trip around being about 584 days. Because Venus takes approximately 12 months to complete an orbit, it never gets closer than about 46 million km from the Sun and always moves away from it. It always appears in the same part of the sky but does so again when viewed from both poles of the Earth.
Due to its distance from the Sun, Venus has an extremely hostile environment within its atmosphere. The average temperature range on Venus is 507°F (265°C) on the surface to 447°F (225°C) at the cloud top. There is no water vapor in the atmosphere, only clouds of sulfur dioxide gas.
Because it can only be seen from certain parts of the world, including all of North America, Venus has been subject to many myths and legends. For example, it was believed by some that looking toward Venus on the night of its arrival in a new sign of the zodiac would bring good luck.