Venus shines brightest all week in the morning sky

It's the brightest planet to begin with, but this week is the brightest it will appear in our morning sky.

Venus will shine in the eastern sky each morning

ROANOKE, Va. – A lot of us had gotten used to seeing Venus shine in the western evening sky. In June, the brightest planet to grace our sky transitioned between the earth and the sun. Now, it shines brightly in the eastern morning sky, rising a few hours before the sun does.

Venus, like the moon, goes through phases. Whereas it’s been in a crescent phase, the amount of light “hitting” the planet will become larger. When the planet is about 25% illuminated by the sun is when it will appear at its brightest. That happens this week (7/6/2020 to 7/10/2020), according to Tony Rice, who is a Virginia Tech alum and current Ambassador to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

It will also appear with a friend, Aldebaran, which is one of the brighter starts in our sky. About a half hour before sunrise, Rice says you can also look for Mercury low in the horizon by the middle of the week. The upcoming sunlight may dim it out at times, however.

Be sure to check our forecast for viewing conditions each morning.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.