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Venus visible Wednesday night in western sky

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — While we’re all practicing our social distancing, many of us are still looking for reasons to get outside, especially now that temperatures are starting to make a turn. If you have time Wednesday evening, grab the kids and head outside just after sunset (8:03pm EDT) to get a glimpse of Venus!

Venus will appear briefly just after sunset Wednesday evening in the western sky. You will easily be able to pick it out as the brightest star in the sky. Just in case you were wondering, Venus at this time of year is about 65.3 million miles away from us.

Venus will actually be visible for several more nights in the western sky, however, with rain and cloud cover in the forecast, viewing will likely be limited if not poor through the weekend.

Many other cool events will be taking place in the sky over the coming weeks. Here’s a short list of what is going on and when.

March 31: Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will all be bunched together prior to daybreak.
April 7: The year’s biggest “super moon” occurs, called the “Super Pink Moon.”
April 21-22: Lyrid meteor showers peak.
April 28: Brightest night for Venus.

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