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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:06 am, Thu Nov 24, 2011.

Question: What is the bright object in the eastern sky that is located at about 45 degrees? It is visible early and much brighter than any star. Is that a satellite?

Answer: No. It's not a satellite.

"Not long after sundown as the sky darkens, Jupiter begins to appear as the bright evening 'star' high in the western sky while Venus is growing brighter and higher in the eastern sky," said Kenneth McLaughlin, professor of physics and engineering at Loras College. "The motion of Venus in its orbit is currently taking it farther away from the sun from our Earthly perspective, so within a few weeks it will be far enough away from the sun in order to remain high in our evening western sky and will begin to rival Jupiter in brightness."

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