Stargazers Are Thrilled By Rare Phenomena of Venus and Mars Lined Up With the Moon

This incredible picture of Portland Lighthouse, Dorset captures Venus (centre of the picture) shining below the bright moon and Mars brightly lit above it
This incredible picture of Portland Lighthouse, Dorset captures Venus (centre of the picture) shining below the bright moon and Mars brightly lit above it

Britain was treated to a rare view of the planet Venus last night, which will be shining bright in the sky throughout the week.

The planet, known as the ‘evening star’, was visible on a particularly clear Monday night, shining more brightly than usual in the rare phenomena.

It was joined by Mars, the red planet, which was also visible in the sky as stargazers were treated to the incredible sights above.

Britain was treated to a rare view of the planet Venus last night, which will be shining bright in the sky throughout the week
Britain was treated to a rare view of the planet Venus last night, which will be shining bright in the sky throughout the week
It was joined by Mars, the red planet (top left), and a bright crescent moon, which were also visible in the sky as stargazers were treated to the incredible sights above
It was joined by Mars, the red planet (top left), and a bright crescent moon, which were also visible in the sky as stargazers were treated to the incredible sights above

Venus shone just below a bright crescent moon which lit up the sky, while Mars was much duller, to the upper left of the moon.

During January, Venus will reach its peak height above the horizon, and get closer to Mars as it rises in the sky.

It is thought that Neptune may also be visible to the naked eye if conditions remain clear, and Jupiter may be seen just before sunrise.

Venus is the hottest world in the solar system, despite being the second closest to the sun, because its dense atmosphere traps heat.

Venus shone just below a bright crescent moon which lit up the sky, while Mars was much duller, to the upper left of the moon
Venus shone just below a bright crescent moon which lit up the sky, while Mars was much duller, to the upper left of the moon
People could see Venus all over the world, although it appeared in a different place in relation to the moon in China (pictured)
People could see Venus all over the world, although it appeared in a different place in relation to the moon in China (pictured)
Venus shone brightly in the sky next to the crescent moon, and will be visible throughout the week if the conditions are clear
Venus shone brightly in the sky next to the crescent moon, and will be visible throughout the week if the conditions are clear

Temperatures there can reach 465C, which is hot enough to melt lead, so scientific probes sent there have lasted only a few hours.

Its surface is extremely dry because water evaporated very quickly during its evolution due to the hot ultraviolet rays from the sun, keeping it in a prolonged molten state.

There is no liquid water on its surface today and two-thirds of the Venusian surface is covered by flat, smooth plains that are marred by thousands of volcanoes.

Venus was thought to be two different stars in ancient times, the evening star – which appeared at sunset – and the morning star, appearing at sunrise.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Dunn