What’s the bright light you can see beneath the moon tonight?

Video thumbnail, Beautiful timelapse of Venus and the moon
A gorgeous clear night in the skies above Britain has left stargazers awed by the sight of Venus shining brightly.

The planet, which is nicknamed the ‘Evening Star’, was clearly visible and was particularly bright this evening.

Scores of people took to social media to post about being able to see the star to the right of the moon.

If you’re lucky you may also be able to catch a glimpse of Mars and could possibly even see Neptune during the month as several planets become visible from earth.

Photo by Susan Snow of the skies above Gloucestershire tonight (Photo: Susan Snow)
There was a spectacular sunset over Gloucestershire as dusk fell earlier (Photo: Susan Snow)

Moon, Mars and this evening make a lovely grouping among the trees.

venus & crescent moon, from south manchester

Below the crescent moon, which in itself is spectacular, you will be able to see a particularly bright star – that is Venus.

Slightly to the left of the of the moon, and much fainter than Venus, you might be able to make out Mars.

You may also be able to spot Jupiter in the early hours of the morning – it will be the brightest looking star when looking south.

A crescent moon and the bright planet Venus in sky from Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province(Photo: Barcroft Media)
The bright planet Venus shown below the crescent moon in the skies above Mongolia this evening(Photo: Barcroft Media)
The bright planet Venus in the sky above Beijing, China tonight (Photo: Barcroft Media)
Venus above Hohhot, capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, tonight (Photo: Barcroft Media)

Venus is looking particularly lovely tonight, settled under the curve of a bright moon..

Writing on Twitter Vince Lee said: “Clear skies over Manchester, Mars, the moon and Venus in alignment”.

Nantwich police even got involved tweeting: “If only NASA had a 101 none emergency number… We could ask them if the bright star is actually Venus?? Is it?”

January is set to be a good month for stargazers, according to the website earthsky.org – with Mars, Jupiter and even Saturn apparently likely to be visible, Gloucestershire Live reports.

Gorgeous Moon, Venus and Mars tonight!

“In January 2017, look west after sunset for Venus and Mars,” the website says.

“The other 3 bright planets – Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury – light up the wee hours before sunrise.”

Venus in sky above Nantong, east China’s Jiangsu Province (Photo: Barcroft Media)
Venus as seen from Kuwait City (Photo: AFP / Getty)

The website says two of the five bright planets rise to great prominence in the January 2017 sky.

“Venus rules over the evening sky while Jupiter rules the morning,” it explains.

“Venus, the brightest planet, blazes in the west first thing at dusk, and reaches its greatest elongation as the “evening star” on January 12.

Moon, Mars and this evening make a lovely grouping among the trees.

“Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, lords over the eastern half of sky between midnight and sunrise.

“Mars is near Venus in the evening sky, but it’s higher up and much fainter than Venus, setting in the west shortly after Venus does.

“Meanwhile, Saturn appears in the southeastern sky before dawn.

“Mercury a short hop beneath Saturn, just as darkness is giving way to morning twilight.”




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