Tonight when looking at the night sky you may have wondered what the bright 'star' was directly next to it. In fact it isn't a star at all but the planet Venus easily visible in the night sky. Venus the second planet from the sun, named after the Roman Goddess of Love, is clearly visible next to the moon.
Venus is the second brightest object in the night's sky, after the moon, and reaches an apparent magnitude of -4.6 and is said to be bright enough to even cast shadows. Venus is easily brighter than any other star outside of the solar system.
This image is courtesy of Google Sky Map (Android) and clearly shows the proximity of Venus to the Moon.