After the Moon, Venus is the brightest thing in the night sky. Nothing else even comes close. No wonder civilizations through the ages worshiped it. These days most people seem unaware of our sister planet, the nearest celestial body after the Moon, which is also called The Evening Star. Right now, Venus has reached its greatest separation from the sun while standing high above where the sun set. These are rare, perfect conditions that make Venus appear as high up as is ever possible.