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 was expected around DEC 02. By the standard of 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago, Venus achieved its highest altitude of 29.4° on DEC 14. Through a telescope during the nights around 2019 JAN 05 it was near dichotomy, i.e. 50% illuminated like a Half Moon. Prior to that it appeared as a crescent and afterward gibbous. Greatest Western Elongation from the Sun of 47.0° occurred 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: Mercury 2019 APR 16, Alcyone (Pleiades) JUN 09, Aldebaran JUN 17 & Elnath JUN 28.
The Moon will appear near Venus on 2019 APR 02, MAY 02, JUN 01 & JUL 01 without occultations.
NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time at those moments nearest to 30 minutes before sunrise for Chicago.
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