It's quite near to the sun. Only seen around sunset. Mercury is only 15 degrees from the Sun in the sky, making visibility difficult. Vista just after sunset Venus is so near to the Sun that it is only visible shortly after sunset. Look for an uninterrupted view of the horizon. Venus is visible throughout the day, although it may be difficult to locate. It is the brightest object in the evening sky after the Moon and before the stars come out.
Venus is often referred to as the "morning star" because it is the first light in the sky just after sunrise. It reaches its highest point in the east just as morning begins to fade away in the west.
Look for Venus over the course of a few days. It will slowly move downward in the western sky until it disappears beneath the horizon. It can be used as a guide for finding north. The North Star is always found in the same part of the sky, but by observing Venus you can determine when it has moved across the sky and find where north is with reference to the Earth's axis, not the Pole Star.
The next time you see Venus you know it's going to be another warm evening in Virginia, maybe with rain expected later in the week. As long as there are no clouds in the sky, you should be able to see it without difficulty.
Venus is the only planet that appears bright enough to see with the naked eye on a clear night.
Because Venus is one of the inner planets, it is always seen near the sun and is never visible at elevations more than 48 degrees. The planet Venus isn't constantly visible. It gets uncomfortably near to the sun at times. When this happens, the sunlight heats the surface of Venus to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius).
The reason why people used to think that Mars was habitable is that it has water vapor in its atmosphere, so people assumed that it must be wet. But now we know that this is not true: Mars is completely dry. All the water on Mars today came from clouds or ice deposits at some time in its past.
Venus is also entirely covered by clouds most of the time, but we can see that it's very bright because there is oil on its surface. Oil absorbs light that would otherwise reach the dark side of the planet and reflect back toward Earth. So even though both Venus and Mars are worlds of mystery, if you just knew what was going on under their surfaces you wouldn't be able to tell which was which.
Comets are fragments of asteroids or other solar system bodies that are left over from when they were still spinning around their parent body. As time passes, more and more of these small fragments are pulled away by the force of other objects in the solar system, until only a head remains.
Venus is frequently visible as the brightest object in the sky during a few hours after sunset or before sunrise (other than the moon). It appears to be a very brilliant star. Venus is the most visible planet in our solar system. It can even be seen with the unaided eye from certain locations on Earth!
Mars is also very easy to see with the naked eye, especially when it is rising over the horizon after sunset or when it is setting beneath the horizon before sunrise. The Martian moons Phobos and Deimos are also visible with the naked eye from places within 50 degrees of the planet's north or south poles.
Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our solar system and therefore also the easiest to see. It can be seen with the naked eye throughout the night, even in light-polluted areas, because it is so bright. The Great Red Spot is an enormous storm that has been observed for hundreds of years that spans more than 1,400 miles across.
Saturn is not as easy to see with the naked eye as Jupiter but it doesn't need optics to be seen with the naked eye. Rings around Saturn were first discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610 and have been studied ever since. They consist of many rings that are mainly made up of particles of ice and rock that are much smaller than the width of a human hair.
It may be seen from a height of 48 degrees above the horizon while gazing east-southeast. Venus is visible to the human eye at its present magnitude, even from heavily light-polluted places. See also the timings of Venus's rising and set. The next time it will be visible after midnight in North America will be on August 12, 2137.
The planet Venus is the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon. At its greatest distance from the Earth (about 740,000 km), Venus appears as a brilliant sphere of light. But when viewed up close it is a mysterious world full of surprises.
Venus is always visible to the naked eye but it doesn't always appear the same way from person to person. Because of this, ancient people had a name for the planet that appears every 84 years or so: zeugma goda. In English, "goda" means "good." So together these words meant "the good planet Venus."
In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love and beauty. She was married to Mars, who was also a war god. Their children were Juno, Minerva and Hercules.