Venus from Earth
Venus can frequently be seen from the surface of the Earth either shortly before sunrise or after and always brighter than the brightest stars. Due to the fact that Venus orbits the Sun more closely than the Earth, it is never seen more than 48° from the Sun itself, with the result that it is never readily* visible in the sky for more than about two hours at a time. Venus' apparent brightness varies according to its distance from the Earth and position relative to the Sun.
In this image, Venus can be seen as a brilliant "star" just above and to the right of the gable peak of a fanciful Celtic lodge.
* Though difficult, Venus can be seen during the day if you know exactly where to look.
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