Venus will be visible in the evening sky for the remainder of the year, until it reaches inferior conjunction on January 9, 2022. During the first part of May 2021, utilize dazzling Venus to identify fainter yet brighter Mercury, which glows more brilliantly than a 1st-magnitude star.
Furthermore, Venus will shine brightest as the evening "star" on December 4, 2021, during the new moon. It's easy to see why this phenomenon is called "venusian occultation".
Venus and the Moon are the only two objects that can obscure each other's light. As Venus passes in front of the Moon, it will darken from my view. But even though I cannot see Venus, it is still shining with exactly the same intensity as it does when I look at it from Earth. The only thing that has changed is that the Sun is now blocking some of its light from reaching us.
Occultations aren't just visible from places like North America or Europe. People as far away as Japan have been able to see a dark shadow cross over Venus during these events.
The word "occultation" comes from the Latin word "oculatus", which means "looking at" or "watching". So, an occultation is when you watch/see something happen to another object.
Here on Earth, people often see shadows cast by planets or moons when they pass between us and the sun. These events are called "planetary eclipses".
Venus, the brightest planet in the night sky, will be at its brightest tonight (April 28). The "evening star," which is already the second-brightest object in the night sky (second only to the moon), is currently visible at magnitude 4.7, approximately three times brighter than it was in late 2019.
However, Venus isn't uniformly bright. With a global average temperature of 483 degrees Fahrenheit (250 degrees Celsius), Venus is completely covered by an opaque cloud layer made of sulfuric acid. Only the relatively warm daytime side is visible from Earth.
The view from Earth is dominated by the three large moons that orbit our planet. But even though they account for more than 95% of the mass of the so-called Solar System's inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars), they're very small compared to the giant planet Jupiter. The largest of these moons is Saturn's Titan, which is nearly as big as Mercury but with a density only 1/5 that of iron. Jupiters four smaller moons can be seen with the unaided eye under certain conditions.
These are Io, which is most easily viewed in its shadow when it crosses Earth's surface about every 48 hours; Ganymede, which orbits Jupiter and is the largest moon in relation to Earth; and Callisto, which is the most remote moon from Jupiter's center of gravity.
Venus, Mars, and Mercury are planets. For the remainder of 2021, the brilliant planet Venus will be a fixture in our evening sky. This is the brightest planet in our sky, and it's easiest to detect in the west after sunset. Follow the path below north-west to find it.
Mars is also easy to see with the naked eye, though it's usually not as bright as Venus. It's best seen in the early morning or late at night when it's high in the south-east.
Mercury is the smallest but also the closest planet to the Sun. It's impossible to see with the unaided eye from Earth, but with a small telescope you can make out its crescent shape as it passes behind the Moon every 48 hours or so.
The moon is also important to note, especially if you're going to be observing outside during darkness. The moon always keeps something interesting waiting for us beneath its surface. If you look carefully enough, you'll see craters, mountains, and other features that only come into view when illuminated by sunlight. The lunar day is equal to about 59 hours but this varies due to factors such as orientation, distance from the Sun, and more.
Lunar eclipses are visible on half of Earth and occur when the full moon enters or exits the shadow of the Earth.
Venus radiates with a steady, silvery brightness and is constantly beautiful. From January 1 to 23, it may be seen in the eastern sky at sunrise. From May 24 to December 31, it may be seen in the western sky around night. It's below the horizon during the rest of the year.
So, if you want to see Venus up close and personal, get a good telescope. You'll be able to see its clouds pass across the face of the planet, and you may even be able to see some surface features if it's being well-observed from the Earth. However, keep in mind that because it passes behind the moon every evening, observing it requires a dark site, excellent eyesight, and a reliable instrument. It's also very dim (1/100th as bright as the full moon). A telescope will help you see it but won't do much for your safety or sanity during its monthly visit.
The word "venus" is derived from Latin via French, meaning "wife". So, Venus is wife of Mars. This relationship dates back more than 3,000 years when ancient Romans observed the two planets passing across the sky together nightly. Today, we know these are not husband and wife but rather two friends who happen to be married for life - one never divorcing the other.
In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love and beauty.
On July 21, 2021, Venus, the brightest planet in the sky, will collide with the brilliant star Regulus-Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. Continue reading...
Venus. All summer, Venus sets 1.5 hours after the sun for watchers in mid-northern latitudes. Venus has a magnitude of 3.9, making it 130 times brighter than the star. If your sky isn't too foggy, Regulus should be visible with the naked eye. It's located just above the western horizon around midnight, and it's easy to find since it marks the heart of Leo.
From about April to October, Venus can be seen with the unaided eye during morning and evening twilight. It's one of the brightest stars in the night sky and can be seen from anywhere on Earth apart from within polar regions or areas suffering from light pollution.
During spring and autumn, when it's not too close to the moon, it's possible to see four planets at once with the unaided eye: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. In fact, from a dark site near large cities such as London, Paris or New York, all five major planets can be seen with the unaided eye during certain periods of time!
The next opportunity to see Venus will be 7 years later on August 27th 2086. It won't be visible in the daytime then because it'll be rising over the eastern horizon around dusk and setting over the west around dawn.
Overall, Venus is an amazing planet that everyone should try to see at least once in their lives.