The Morning Star/Venus

Venus may be the third brightest object in our sky, after the sun and the moon.  It is named for the Roman goddess of love.  It is visible early in the morning as the Morning Star or Eosphorus and in the evening as the Evening Star or Hesperus.

We can see Venus because it is closer to the sun than we are.  We see the sun’s light reflected off Venus in the early morning when Venus is slightly ahead of the Earth in their rotations around the sun.  We see the reflected light in the evening when Venus is slightly behind the Earth in its rotation.  When Venus is directly between the Earth and the sun or behind the sun, we can’t see it at all.