This is what the bright 'star' next to the moon is - and people in Nottingham are loving it - Nottinghamshire Live

If you've been waking up and opening your curtains, you might have seen what looks like a bright star.

Plenty of people in Nottingham certainly have, and they have been taken to social media to post their images of the sky.

But the 'star' is not really a star at all – it's Venus, the planet second from the Sun, and the closest to Earth.

Venus orbits the Sun every 225 days, and its position in the sky

It may be seen after sunset and sometimes before sunrise, which has led to it both being nicknamed both the evening star and the morning star.

The Moon and Venus can be seen above Nottingham city center
The Moon and Venus can be seen above Nottingham city center

From November 5 to December 31, Venus can be seen in the early hours.

Its brightest point this year was over the weekend of December 1 and 2, but it's not as bad as it is.

Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky after the moon.

It is the hottest planet in our solar system, with an average surface temperature of 462 ° C. It has a thick atmosphere that traps heat.

It is similar in size to Earth, it is very slow in the opposite direction, taking 243 days to perform a full rotation – meaning in effect that to 'day' on Venus is more than a year on the planet.

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