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2005-Sep-09, 01:13 PM
SUMMARY: Already blazing in the Western sky, Venus reaches its brightest this week before it begins to dim again. At magnitude -4.5, it's 8 times brighter than Jupiter (-2.3) and 23 times brighter than Sirius (-1.1); it can even cast faint shadows. Venus is so bright right now because it's only 72 million kilometres away. This is the time when so many people make calls to 9-1-1 because they think it's a UFO in the night sky.

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