Venus is presenting its apparition as the brilliant Evening Star in the western sky after sunset, following its superior conjunction behind the Sun on 2018 JAN 08.
By the standard of 30 minutes after sunset for Chicago, Venus achieved its highest altitude of 21.3° on 2018 JUN 02. Through a telescope during the nights around AUG 14 it appeared near dichotomy, i.e. 50% illuminated like a Half Moon. Prior to that it appeared gibbous and afterward as a crescent. Greatest Eastern Elongation from the Sun of 45.9° occurred on AUG 17. Greatest brilliance at magnitude -4.6 was expected around SEP 21. Venus will begin apparent retrograde motion in right ascension on OCT 04. It will fall to inferior conjunction between Earth and Sun on OCT 26.
Venus will appear near Mercury on 2018 OCT 15.
The Moon will appear near Venus on 2018 OCT 10 without an occultation.
NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time at those moments nearest to 30 minutes after sunset for Chicago.
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