Venus is beginning 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.
Venus will resume apparent direct motion in right ascension on 2017 APR 13. Greatest brilliance at magnitude -4.5 is expected around APR 29. Greatest Western Elongation from the Sun of 45.9° will occur on JUN 03. Through a telescope during nights around JUN 04 Venus will appear near dichotomy, i.e. 50% illuminated like a Half Moon. Prior to that it will appear as a crescent and afterward gibbous. By the standard of 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago, Venus will achieve its highest altitude of 25.5° on AUG 04. It will then fall to superior conjunction behind the Sun on 2018 JAN 08.
Venus will appear near other bright planets and stars on the following dates: Alcyone (Pleiades) 2017 JUL 05, Aldebaran JUL 14, Elnath JUL 25, Pollux AUG 21, Regulus SEP 20, Mars OCT 05, Spica NOV 02, Jupiter NOV 13, Antares DEC 09, Mercury DEC 15.
The Moon will appear near Venus on 2017 MAR 27, APR 23, MAY 22, JUN 20, JUL 20, AUG 19, SEP 18 (occultation), OCT 18, NOV 17, DEC 17.
NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time at those moments nearest to 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago.