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Watch out for Venus this evening!

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Anne Diamond | 12:29 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

venus and the moon in the night sky

As I was driving one of my sons back to uni yesterday evening, we noticed what a fantastic night it was for looking at the stars - it was clear and there was one particularly bright star in the sky.

My guest this morning, an expert cosmologist (everyone should have one for moments like this), tells me this was undoubtedly not a star, but a planet - in fact, Venus. Have a look at the Moon, too. Really bright and you could see real texture on it.

A great time to join in the BBC's Stargazing Live. It starts tonight on BBC Two at 8.30 with the prince of cleverness (well, isn't it annoying when people are so darned clever and multi-talented? No, I'm not serious, I'm actually a huge fan...) Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain.

Then on Wednesday evening, BBC Radio Berkshire will be hosting a Stargazing ecvent at Thatcham Discovery Centre, and you're invited. It's free, so come along.


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