The planet Venus is getting easier to see in the evening sky from the UK. I took this picture about 50 minutes after sunset today.
I was looking towards the southwest and Venus was pretty low near the horizon. It dropped behind those clouds a few minutes after this picture was taken. Venus will become a bit easier to see and a little higher in the sky after sunset during November and December.
This hasn't been a great apparition of Venus; the southern hemisphere and equator are getting a better view of Venus this time around!
Yesterday I produced an image of how it would be to be near Venus and looking back at the Earth:
The Earth and Moon would be shining brightly among the stars of Taurus, the Bull. Venus and Earth are separated by about 105 million km of space at the moment but the Earth and Moon would be easy to tell apart.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.