GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Before sunrise on Sunday, April 30, 2017, Venus will shine its brightest. That’s because the planet’s daytime side will be pointed most directly at Earth then. Just look into the eastern sky before sunrise. It should not be hard to spot!
If you look at Venus though a telescope on Sunday, April 30, 2017, you see that Venus is only a little more than one-quarter illuminated by the sun. In fact, a “full Venus” is always on the far side of the sun from us so this is why a “crescent Venus” shines brightest in the Earth’s night sky.
Venus passed between the Earth and sun on March 25, 2017, entering the Earth’s morning sky. Venus will shine in our sky at dawn for the rest of 2017 and finally transition back to the evening sky on January 9, 2018.
Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.