|Venus February, 2018 ⬅︎|
| Venus is easy to find because it is brilliant, outshining all the other planets and stars in the night sky. Only the moon is brighter. Since Venus alternates between being visible before sunrise and after sunset, it has been known from antiquity as both the Morning Star and the Evening Star.
How long is Venus visible? As the second planet from the sun, Venus can reach a much greater elongation (angular distance from the sun in our sky) than Mercury. So it can be visible for months at a time and hours each night.
Like our moon, Venus goes through phases as it orbits the sun. A telescope can reveal the current phase but it won't reveal any features since Venus' atmosphere is like a shiny mirror.
|Viewing Venus in February, 2018|
|Level||Challenging||Rating||Best Viewing||Late February, evening twilight?|
|Find||This month Venus might not be visible at all being so close to the sun. If it can be viewed, the best viewing will be in late Feb. Look SW in evening twilight. (see above).
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