Venus is Brightest on December 6

Venus is the second planet from the sun and is the brightest object in the night sky (other than the moon). It was once mistakenly called both the Morning and Evening Star. Photo: NASA, image processing by R. Nunes (www.astrosurf.com/nunes)
Venus is the second planet from the sun and is the brightest object in the night sky (other than the moon). It was once mistakenly called both the Morning and Evening Star. Photo: NASA, image processing by R. Nunes (www.astrosurf.com/nunes)

I recently posted about Venus. It’s the crazy bright light in the southwest after sunset–the “evening star” that isn’t really a star. Earthsky.org has a nice post explaining why Venus is so bright and why it reaches its peak brightness on December 6.

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