2018, April 25: Venus and Sirius


Brilliant Venus shines from the west-northwest this evening.  It is now setting over 2 hours after sunset.  After you locate Venus look to the left along the horizon.  Sirius, the brightest star, is in the southwest, at about the same altitude (height above the horizon) as Venus. They will be at about the same altitude for the next several days. Compare their respective brightness: Venus the brightest planet and Sirius the brightest star.  Venus is about 10 times brighter than Sirius.

For more about the bright evening planets, see these articles:

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