Beta The Interactive Night Sky Map simulates the sky above New York on a date of your choice.

In addition to Venus being the brightest and first thing you can see as it begins to get dark, see if you can find Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, near the horizon. Its name comes from the Greek word for "scorching."

Located to the South of the celestial Ecuador, at around -16.7º, it is visible practically from all over the planet. In addition try for Betelgeuse, Procyon, Capela, Pollux and Regulus. Once every 17 years Mars can be as bright as Jupiter (the last time was in 2003).

Binoculars may help. In fact, it is not a star at all but the bright planet Venus. At maximum brightness Jupiter is four times and Venus 19 times as brilliant as Sirius, the next brightest star after the Sun. Rigel, brightest star in the easy-to-see constellation of Orion the Hunter, shines with a blue-white color. Sirius, also known as the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the night sky. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses. Many early cultures had names for it, and it had special meanings in terms of rituals and the deities they saw in the sky. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. A brilliant star in the sky after sunset is attracting a lot of attention. 【ENG SUB】夜空中最闪亮的星 09 | The Brightest Star in The Sky 09(黄子韬、吴倩、牛骏峰、曹曦月主演) by 華策FUN國際|HUACE GLOBAL FUN 44:58 Sirius, also known as the Dog Star or Sirius A, is the brightest star in Earth's night sky. The Moon and Venus pictured close in the sky on March 28, from Walmer Kent. In fact, it is not a star at all but the bright planet Venus. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. (1) Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris) is the brightest star in the entire night sky.