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Star Tours

October 26, 2000

The planet Venus shines brilliantly low in the southwest at twilight. Venus looks white because it reflects sunlight. It is 116 million miles from Earth. A few degrees to the lower left of Venus is Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, the Scorpion. Antares is orange in color because it is a cool star, and it is about 500 light years from Earth--about 25 million times as distant as Venus. Venus appears 100 times brighter than Antares.

Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory

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