What Is That Really Bright Star In The Morning Sky?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - A lot of people wrote in asking what the bright "star" in the sky was next to the moon early Sunday morning.

But the "star" was 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.

Venus' intensity depends on where it is in its orbit in relation to the Earth and Sun. It will reach its peak brightness Dec. 6 before starting to dim a bit again.

For More Information:

www.spaceweather.com

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