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Venus as the 2018-19 Morning Star

Panorama of the eastern sky with Venus and the Moon as seen from Chicago 30 minutes before sunrise from 2018 NOV 01 to 2019 JUL 23 - See article below.

Venus - Elongations & Altitudes - 2018-19

The planet’s elongations from the Sun and altitudes above the horizon as viewed from latitude N 42°

Phases of Venus

Bipolar diagram illustrating the phases of Venus as viewed from Earth through a telescope while Venus orbits the Sun and laps the Earth every 1.6 years

Pentagram of Venus

Diagram of the orbits of Venus and Earth showing how the positions at six successive inferior conjunctions can be connected to draw a pentagram (five-pointed star shape)

Venus 01 Venus 02 Venus 03 Venus 04 Venus 05 Venus 06 Venus 07


Venus is presenting its apparition as the brilliant Morning Star in the eastern sky before sunrise, following its inferior conjunction between Earth and Sun on 2018 OCT 27.

   Venus resumed direct motion in right ascension on 2018 NOV 14. Greatest brilliance at magnitude -4.7 is expected around DEC 02. By the standard of 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago, Venus will achieve its highest altitude of 29.4° on DEC 14. Through a telescope during the nights around 2019 JAN 05 it will be near dichotomy, i.e. 50% illuminated like a Half Moon. Prior to that it will appear as a crescent and afterward gibbous. Greatest Western Elongation from the Sun of 47.0° will occur on JAN 06. Venus will fall to superior conjunction behind the Sun on AUG 14.

   Venus will appear near other bright planets and stars on the following dates: Spica 2018 NOV 14, Antares 2019 JAN 17, Jupiter JAN 22, Saturn FEB 18, Mercury APR 16, Alcyone (Pleiades) JUN 09, Aldebaran JUN 17 & Elnath JUN 28.

   The Moon will appear near Venus on 2018 DEC 03, 2019 JAN 01, JAN 31 (occultation), MAR 02, APR 02, MAY 02, JUN 01 & JUL 01.

NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time at those moments nearest to 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago.

Venus Angular Diameter - 2018-19

Graph of equatorial angular diameter of Venus measured in arcseconds - Distance in AU = 16.82 / angular diameter

Venus Illumination Phase - 2018-19

Graph of the percentage of Venus’ apparent disk illuminated

Venus Stellar Magnitude - 2018-19

Graph of the brightness of Venus measured in stellar magnitude

© Curt Renz


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