If you’ve been watching the western sky after sunset, you know there’s a bright object shining there: the planet Venus. It’s the brightest planet – the brightest object in the night sky besides the moon – and pops into view before any star, as darkness falls each evening. EarthSky Facebook friend Duke Marsh of New Albany, Indiana captured shining Venus, which is often called the evening “star,” with another star of the holiday season. Thank you, Duke.
Venus will soon drop into the sun’s glare. It’ll become difficult to find by about the second week of January 2014. If you look for it tonight, you’ll find Venus in bright twilight. Don’t wait too long after sunset, because Venus soon follows the sun below the western horizon.
Happy holidays to all!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.