VENUS, the second planet out from the Sun, will be easily visible to the naked eye during the coming week, although it will be quite low in the sky and only visible for an hour or so before following the Sun behind the horizon.

Venus is often called "The Evening Star" because most people see it when it is in the evening sky, looking like a very bright, silvery-blue spark in the twilight.

However, sometimes it is a "Morning Star" because it can be seen before sunrise, too.

Venus is also often called “Earth’s Twin” but that is wildly inaccurate.

Although it is the same size as our planet, Venus is very, very different.

The atmospheric pressure on its surface is high enough to crush space probes, and the surface temperature is hotter than an oven on full.

Add to that an atmosphere of poisonous carbon dioxide and Venus is more like Earth's evil twin.

But it is appropriate that Venus was named after the Goddess of Love because it does look beautiful in the sky.

It will be at its best later in the year, but it is still a lovely sight now, so get out and look for it if you can on any clear evenings in the week ahead.