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Old 2013-03-25, 02:59   #5
Mr. P-1
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Originally Posted by LaurV View Post
Now that's odd.. Where does Venus rise? I always thought that it raises in the west... As it is in the same direction with the Sun, more or less in between the Sun and Earth all the time, you see it "rising" when you see the Sun setting... And that is on the west...
"Rising" means what it says. It passes from below the horizon to above it. Since it is always in the approximate direction of the Sun, it rises and sets at about the same time as the Sun, and in the same direction.

"Rising" does not just mean "becomes visible", which it may do in the morning or in the evening, depending upon whether it is ahead of or behind the Sun. In any case, in the passage quoted, Venus supposedly "rises" from below a branch to above it. Apparent movement, not visibility is clearly implied.
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