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Watching the Skies with Brad Klein: October 23-30: The morning star

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Venus with surface obscured by clouds by NASA MESSENGER spacecraft.

  • The planet, Venus is shining brightly in the pre-dawn Eastern sky this week
  • Venus can play the role of Morning or Evening Star depending on its position around the Sun
  • The full moon in October is known as the "Hunter’s Moon"

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Brad Klein reviews the week’s astronomical highlights with Bethlehem’s 'Backyard Astronomy Guy', Marty McGuire.
This week, a look at the morning star, which is really the planet Venus.

McGuire said this week is one of the best times to view Venus, rising in the East before dawn. It’s now the brightest object in the night sky after the Sun and Moon.

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Brad Klein
WLVR’s Brad Klein (l) and Bethlehem’s "Backyard Astronomy Guy" Marty McGuire

And speaking of the Moon, Saturday Oct. 28 marks the full "Hunter’s Moon."

McGuire recommends looking for Jupiter along with the full moon in the evening sky.