What's That Really Bright 'Star' In The Morning Sky?

Tools

By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - A lot of people write in wondering what the bright "star" in the sky either right after sunset or around sunrise. But the "star" is not a star at all, but the planet Venus.

Venus is usually very bright and can best be found on the eastern horizon around sunrise (That's where it gets the name "The Morning Star"), or on the western horizon around sunset. It's brightness depends on the time of the year and where Venus and Earth are in their respective orbits around the sun.

Right now, it's more visible as an evening star. You can find it in the western sky from just before 7 p.m. until about midnight tonight.

Your Photos

YouNews Sun halo (New) Sun halo
Sun halo near Orondo, WA over Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Stephanie Campbell.
YouNews Almost Old Enough!! (New) Almost Old Enough!!
About a week ago I posted 3 pictures of 4 newly hatched Dark-Eyed Oregon Junco chicks. These are the same little ones, 8 days old now. They should fledge by June 1. It's amazing how quickly they grow. A week ago there was tons of room in the nest.
YouNews 70th Annual Memorial Day Service (New) 70th Annual Memorial Day Service
Each year since 1946, the Nisei Veterans Committee has held a Memorial Day Service to honor all who have died in service of their country, especially members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated unit for size and length of service in the history of the US Military, and the Military Intelligence Service, a group credited by General MacArthur's staff with shortening the War in the Pacific by two years