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Hi,

We live in Taylorsville and often see a bright star in the lower part of the western sky. Is this a star or perhaps a planet? Our neighbors have had the same question and none of us know the answer. We would appreciate any information you can provide us.

Sincerely, Stuart N.

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We get a lot of space questions in the KSL inbox. These present a challenge for us since we focus on this atmosphere and not so much at all in the astronomy area. But, we'll do what we can and point you all in the right direction. We get questions on anything sciencey really.

It appears that Venus is the bright star you are seeing, it's awesome! You can usually see it early in the evening around sunset and shortly after. The only other natural objects as bright as Venus has been this month are the sun and the moon.

In the eastern sky late in the month of May Jupiter will be visible and we also have a blue moon on May 31st! This will be the second blue moon in the month of May 2007.

Happy Sky Watching!

Answered by KSL Meteorologist Dina Freedman.

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