is sometimes called the "Morning Star" or "Evening Star" because it is seen just after sunset or just before sunrise. This shot was taken on Sept. 29, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. Like the Moon, Venus has phases. Click this link or more information on the phases
(most of it is in German, but it can be translated through one of the translation sites).
Being the only "female" in the planetary line-up, Venus has to be a bit different! It is the hottest planet (~900 degrees on the surface); it is upside down, so it spins backwards (east to west); and just like a female, she takes her time doing things, her day is longer than her year! But, like her Roman goddess namesake, she is a true beauty sparkling on the morning or evening horizon like a diamond in the sky.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D82 spotting scope (what I call a "poor man's high power telephoto lens) attached to my camera.