If you’ve been watching the western sky after sunset, you’ve seen the planet Venus. It looks eerily bright now – brightest in the evening sky for all of 2012! If you haven’t seen it yet, look outside shortly after sunset, and you can’t miss this planet. It’s an eerie light in the western sky. Venus’ brightness will surprise you if you’ve never noticed it before. ~ From EarthSky Tonight
Our Venus fixation continues through June when the last Transit of Venus this century occurs. Until then, especially if surrounded by trees as we are, you can keep up with the brightest evening star on EarthSky. And you can read Louise Glück's poem The Evening Star. And we'll be back tomorrow at some point. Not the best of times.
(photograph by Angélica Vis)