With a full moon setting in the west, Morning Star Venus sparkles in the southeastern sky as it reaches its greatest brightness of this morning appearance as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the images to see them larger.) Venus outshines all other starlike objects in the sky; only the sun and moon are brighter. It is nearly 20 times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. It is 185 times brighter than Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, that appears to the upper right of Venus and in the image below.
Venus, Mars, and Saturn This Morning, February 15, 2014