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

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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 southwestern sky from just before 5 p.m. until about 8 p.m. tonight.

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