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Venus returning to evening sky!

The sky’s brightest planet, Venus, has been behind the sun as viewed from our earthly vantage point. By early December, it’ll be back in your evening sky!

View larger.| See the little white dot of the planet Venus in the upper right of this photo?  It'll be back to your evening sky in early December.  Helio de Carvalho Vital captured this image on November 18, 2014 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He wrote,

View larger.| Venus near the setting sun on November 18, 2014 by Helio de Carvalho Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Helio de Carvalho Vital captured this image of Venus – which will soon return to your western sky after sunset – on November 18, 2014 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. See the planet? It’s the little white dot in the upper center of this photo. Helio de Carvalho Vital wrote:

I managed to capture Venus as it is starting its return to dusk, despite the fact that it is still at a mere 6.2° distance from the sun. The photos show it a few minutes before setting behind the northern side of the 1,021-meter high Tijuca Peak, located some 6.5 km away. It was deeply immersed in the intense glare of the sun, that would set some 13 minutes later.

Venus will be back in your evening sky – easy to see from around the world, west after sunset – in early December. Afterwards, it’ll grace our evening skies for many months to come.

Deborah Byrd

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