Venus has been presenting its apparition as the brilliant Morning Star in the eastern sky before sunrise following its inferior conjunction by right ascension between Earth and Sun on 2017 MAR 22. It is now in the process of becoming overwhelmed by the glare of the Sun prior to superior conjunction on 2018 JAN 08.
Venus resumed apparent direct motion in right ascension on 2017 APR 13. Greatest brilliance at magnitude -4.5 was expected around APR 29. Greatest Western Elongation from the Sun of 45.9° occurred on JUN 03. Through a telescope during nights around JUN 04 Venus appeared near dichotomy, i.e. 50% illuminated like a Half Moon. Prior to that it appeared as a crescent and afterward gibbous. By the standard of 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago, Venus achieved its highest altitude of 25.5° on AUG 04. It will fall to superior conjunction behind the Sun on 2018 JAN 08.
Venus will appear near other bright planets and stars on the following dates: Antares 2017 DEC 09 & Mercury DEC 15.
The Moon will appear near Venus on 2017 DEC 17 without an occultation.
NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time at those moments nearest to 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago.