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Originally posted by lencando
Hey all I been coming here for about a year now always looking and reading and I have to say I've been seeing this star in the sky every night [when it's not raining] for about 3 weeks . Its in the western sky and you can see it before the sun even set's. If you look to the sunset its about 45 degrees straight up from the sun. It's been by far the brightest star I've ever seen. I've been trying to get some info on it and can't seem to find any.I've also been wanting to point it out on ATS and this post made me sign up . Thought I was the only one to notice this. I've been looking to the night sky most of my life always looking up at night. I'm not thinking it's Venus I see it in the same spot every night as the sun sets and it does twinkle like crazy. Well guess that all I got about this . But now I'm a member and you haven't heard the last of me ..... Peace out all
Venus is now prominent in the evening sky after sunset in the west north-west. At magnitude -3.9, it will be easily spotted - the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. With an angular size of 11.4 arc seconds as May begins and increasing to nearly 13 arc seconds by month's end, it will appear in a telescope as a well illuminated disc like that in the accompanying image. It was this observation by Galileo that showed that Venus must orbit the Sun - should it, as in the Ptolomaic system, be moving in an epicycle between the Sun and the Earth, it could never show a fully illuminated disk! It is an interesting fact that Venus's brightness remains pretty constant at ~ -3.8 to -4 all the time that it is visible. As it nears the Earth, it become a thin crescent, but the fact that it is then much nearer to us means that the effective reflecting area remains virtually constant in apparent size.