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(Submitted August 09, 1997)

It would be helpful to see charts of the stars and planets. Are there charts available on the Internet showing maps of the sky indicating the location of the planets each month? There is a large planet now appearing nightly. Is it Venus?

The Answer

When Venus is visible, it always appears as a very bright object fairly close to the horizon, either in the west just after sunset or in the east before sunrise.

Sky and Telescope offers an excellent monthly online column with highlights of the northern hemisphere night sky and a printable star chart at

Happy Star Gazing !!

Jim Lochner, Leonard Garcia, Brian Hewitt, and Gail Rohrbach
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