What is the bright object in the western sky?


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The planet Venus is the brightest object in the western sky. At its brightest, Venus is almost 10 times brighter than Jupiter, the sky's second brightest object.

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What is the bright object in the western sky?
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The atmosphere of Venus is covered in a layer of thick clouds that reflect the majority of sunlight that falls on the planet. It is this reflected light that allows Venus to appear many times brighter than the other stars and planets that are visible in the night sky. Even though Venus is a planet, it is often referred to as both the morning and evening star because it is at its brightest just before sunrise and just after sunset.

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