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9 surreal images of Venus

By: Katherine Butler on Jan. 21, 2011, 12:10 p.m.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Mila Zinkova

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As seen from Earth

This photo shows Venus shining so brightly that the Pacific Ocean glows beneath it. Venus is brighter than any other planet or star. In fact, when the planet is at its brightest, you can even see it in the daytime. NASA points out that Venus is so bright that ancient people called its morning appearance "Phosphorus," while naming its evening showing "Hesperus." It was only later that astronomers realized the two were the same.