During April, Venus rapidly climbs into the morning sky, At the beginning of the month, it is already rising about an hour ahead of the sun. By month’s end it rises nearly 100 minutes before the sun.
Update: Venus on April 2, 2017.
As Venus climbs higher in the sky, it grows in brightness — nearly 60% during the month.
On April 15, Venus enters a nearly 30-day period when it is at its brightest, with May 1 as the midpoint. Venus at its brightest when it is near our planet, so that it appears large through a telescope and it is at a phase (yes, Venus shows phases like the moon) so that its highly reflective clouds appear to make it gleam brightest in the skies of Earth.
On the morning of April 23, the waning crescent moon appears about 8 degrees to the lower left of Venus.
During April Venus appears at its brightest for this appearance.
For more about the appearance of Venus and other planets see the following articles:
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- The Venus-Mars Encounter
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction