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Daylight Savings Time makes Venus a tempting target

Earth's sister world now shines bright at around 5:30 a.m. local time. 

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Venus rises before dawn this week.

Chan Chee Guan from Malaysia

With the advent of Daylight Savings Time, it becomes a bit easier to view Venus in the morning sky this week.

Before Daylight Savings Time began, the brilliant planet rose shortly after 4:30 a.m. local time and the Sun overwhelmed it by 6 a.m. Now, you can add an hour to those times and more easily catch a peek before you head to work or school.

Venus shines at magnitude –4.0, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky. When viewed through a telescope this morning, Venus’ disk spanned 15" and appears three-quarters lit. Keep an eye out for the planet in the southeastern sky before dawn.

Later this week, you'll be able to catch three planets – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – all evenly spaced in the morning sky.

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