Venus’s Starring Role

Venus is prominent in the evening twilight. Look for it in the southwest after sunset. Venus will be visible in the evening all winter.

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Before we came to understand that Venus is a planet, it was called the “Evening Star” because it only appeared in the evening and then would disappear for months. There was also a “Morning Star” which only appeared in the morning and would also disappear for months. The “Evening Star” and “Morning Star” were never visible on the same day, so eventually, observers came to understand it was the same object.

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