O mighty denizens of the 100 Hour Board,
Tonight at around 7 pm or so I noticed a very bright star high in the western sky. It appeared bright enough to be a planet, but it didn't look red enough to be Mars or yellowy enough to be Venus. It wasn't moving, so it couldn't be a satellite. Alas, my astronomy skills are lacking. Can one of you kind souls remedy my ignorance and tell me what that star-looking-thing is?
- pippin galadriel moonchild
I'm so proud that I know this one off the top of my head. It's Venus. I think it has a nickname of the "evening star" because it's often the first star to appear each night around sunset. Even though it's not a star. From my vantage point, however, it looks like one.
Venus is also known as the morning star, because it does the same thing when you see it in the morning, providing it's in the right spot.