Venus is bright and visible in the western sky soon after sunset. Only slightly smaller than the Earth, Venus is the closer of the two to the sun. Thus, Venus’ orbital path around the sun is fully within the Earth’s own path. Therefore, the position of Venus in our sky is never very far from the sun. It’s usually observed in morning or evening twilight, or even during daytime. In other words, you’ll never see Venus hanging around in the sky at midnight, unlike the outer planets such as Mars.