I was wondering what the immensely bright object in the western night sky was so I decided to look it up. I found out it was Venus, as I had suspected, but in the process of acquiring this information I came across many lunatics who claim that this is not Venus (rather it is Nibiru/planet X or something of the sort) and is way to bright to be Venus. They also say that in their entire lives they have never seen Venus this bright. I suppose my question is, is Venus actually getting brighter over the years or is it just these people's imaginations? I was thinking that maybe it is getting extremely close to the earth, much like how Mars was extremely close a few years back. Also, is it brighter than usual?
P.S. If i don't sound like an astronomer its because I'm not, I just graduated High School and I made a B in Astronomy class