Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807. He is probably best known for his epic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” He also wrote about some things in the sky, like evening stars. An evening star is another name for a planet that’s seen after sunset. Tonight the brightest of evening stars, the planet Venus shines in the west at sunset. Here’s a portion of his poem, “Evening Star”, in which he compares the planet to the love he had for his beautiful but departed wife: “Lo! in the painted oriel of the West … Like a fair lady at her casement, shines The evening star, the star of love and rest! My best and gentlest lady! even thus, As that fair planet in the sky above, Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night, And from thy darkened window fades the light.” Above Venus tonight you’ll also find another evening star, the planet Mars, and below and to the left of Venus you’ll also see a slender crescent moon.