Venus at High Noon, Sept. 21, 2007. Our beautiful sister planet is usually associated with the dusk or dawn sky, but if you know exactly where to look it's often possible to see Venus in the middle of the day. This photograph was taken at local noon, when the Sun was high in the southern sky. Venus was about 39 degrees west of the Sun, almost 50 degrees above the horizon, and over 63 million kilometers from Earth. On this day its magnitude was -4.55, making it many times brighter than even the brightest star, and a little bit easier to find in the midday sky. The planet is enshrouded in highly reflective clouds.
Since the orbit of Venus is in between the Sun and the Earth's orbit we can see it go through phases just like the Moon. Although we can't usually see a "full" Venus, we can see most of the other phases as the Sun, Venus, and Earth angles of view change from day to day.
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