The crescent moon and Venus as seen through the clouds from Alexandria, Va. Monday night. (Geoff Chester)

Venus is unusually bright right now, as the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Geoff Chester explains:

Besides the Moon, the brightest attraction in the sky right now is Venus. The best evening elongations of this dazzling planet occur at eight year intervals for Northern Hemisphere observers, and this is one of those favorable years.

Chester says this is the “best week” to view Venus “in all her glory.”

Over at the SciGuy blog, Eric Berger explores in-depth why Venus is “so darn bright” right now.

Related: Moon and Venus still highlight the evening sky April 25 (Earth Sky)