Looking to the west just after sunset on the 24th, stargazers can see a crescent Moon, the bright planet Venus and the constellation of Taurus all grouped together! Look for the red super-giant star Aldebaran, which marks the eye of the bull!

Use the Quasar Publishing image above as a guide. To find out more about what to see in the night sky, grab a copy of their latest Astronomy Australia almanac at Quasar Publishing.

When to look: Just after sunset, April 24th

Which direction to look:  Low to the western horizon

Something Interesting:

Venus was once thought to be a tropical paradise! Astronomers from hundreds of years ago believed that due to the presence of an atmosphere, and the fact that Venus is closer to the Sun than the Earth, Venus would experience conditions similar to the equatorial regions of Earth. Today, we know this is far from true, with the average surface temperature of Venus reaching over 450 degrees Celsius and occasional bouts of acid rain! 

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