Venus is the brightest body in the South Western sky at night and is increasing in brightness.
The planet getting the most attention in our evening sky lately is Mars. It passed closest to the Earth Oct. 29 at just more than 43 million
miles. Blazing like a dazzling topaz beacon at magnitude -2.3, Mars has become the night's premier celestial attraction. And yet, it still shines
with less than one-sixth the intensity of the brightest planet in the sky: Venus. Indeed, Venus is the first planet you'll spot as darkness falls.
You can even see it before sunset if you know just where to look in the southwest sky. It is gaining altitude in the twilight, boldly showing itself
off after six months of hiding behind any inconvenient obstructions near the southwestern horizon. Venus is brightening too, since it is speeding
toward Earth as it catches up to us in its faster orbit around the Sun.
I have watched Venus a kid from a cheap telescope for years but I don't remember it ever being as bright as today, even seems to pulsate like a
I read an somewhere that astronomers were saying that all of the planets were increasing in brightness...
One thing this sure, Its not planet x... you are supposed to be able to find that at about 9-9:30 to the upper right of the sunrise when viewed with
filters or pin hole method...
[edit on 12-2-2009 by Xcom2012]