ROANOKE, Go. – It’s not uncommon to look west and see the planet Venus. In fact, it is the second brightest celestial body we see in the night sky (after the moon). This week (April 27-May 1), Venus will be at its peak Monday evening around 9 a.m.
This is good news for us in southwest and central Virginia, as we expect clear skies at this time. To the left of Venus, you will see the moon so you can use it as a reference point.
The planet will continue to shine brightly throughout the week. This is because Venus will be in a crescent phase (like the moon), at which point about a quarter of the planet is lit by the sun. The 25% illumination cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can be established with a telescope.
Venus will decrease again in May, as it passes between the earth and the sun. The planet will then become visible in the morning sky this summer.
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