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treated to a dazzling display in the western sky in the hour or two after sunset that is both magnificent and instructive at once: Please welcome our nearest and dearest heavenly neighbor, Venus, planet of love.
Though usually relegated to something of a solar/lunar supporting role among the non-technically oriented star gazers among us, our other nearby planetary neighbors — the other seven official planets (sorry, Pluto) right here in the solar system — occasionally take center stage due to various orbital alignments and solar angles.
Because its orbit is physically closer to the sun than the Earth’s — and thus closer to the light source — Venus ultimately appears brighter than any of the other visible-to-the-naked-eye planets ever can (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all farther from the sun than the Earth and thus reflect a weaker sunlight while closest-to-the-sun Mercury is much smaller and often washes out in the sun’s nearby glare) and for the next six weeks will continue to shine brightly while anchoring the post-sunset western sky.
It will be near the crescent moon on Jan. 29 and will remain a bright nightly visitor through a second, even more spectacular conjunction with the moon on Feb. 27. The planet of love will also be appropriately quite brilliant the evening of Valentine’s Day and really takes on quite a “planetary” profile through a common pair of binoculars.
Originally posted by foremanator
reply to post by interestedalways
So what do you think it is?