Enjoy the brightest Venus of 2020 on 28April



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If you want to enjoy Venus at it maximum illumination extent, please look west after sunset on 28th April 2020, for this bright planet.


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Venus will reach its greatest illuminated extent – when the lighted portion of the planet covers the greatest area of our sky’s dome – on April 28, 2020, at 01:00 Universal Time (April 28 at 06:30 a.m. IST).



Venus shines most brightly at near greatest illuminated extent. We all know that Venus journey in evening sky started 14 August 2019 to 3 June 2020. On 3 June 2020, there is an inferior conjunction of Venus with earth and sun.




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Superior conjunction – when Venus swept behind the sun from Earth – last happened on August 14, 2019. Just before and after that time, we saw a nearly full Venus. Inferior conjunction – when Venus will sweep between us and the sun – will happen next on June 3, 2020. Just before and after, we’ll see a crescent Venus. Venus’ disk is largest when Venus leaves the evening sky at inferior conjunction some 292 days after Venus first enters the evening sky at superior conjunction. Then – phase-wise – Venus is at new phase at inferior conjunction.

When at inferior conjunction, the night side of Venus is facing Earth, and Venus is again lost in the sun’s glare. Thus we don’t see the planet usually. Inferior conjunction will next happen on June 3.



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Venus’ greatest illuminated extent in the evening sky – happening now – always happens about 36 days after Venus reaches greatest eastern (evening 24 March 2020) elongation, and some 36 days before Venus sweeps to inferior conjunction (June 3, 2020). At its greatest elongation, in either the evening or morning sky, Venus’ disk is approximately 50% covered over in sunshine.

On the other hand, Venus’ greatest illuminated extent in the morning sky (July 10, 2020) comes some 36 days after inferior conjunction (June 3, 2020) yet 36 days before reaching greatest western (morning) elongation (August 13, 2020).






When Venus is on the opposite side of the Sun from us, it appears full (or nearly so) and rather small because it is far from us. But because Venus moves with a greater velocity around the sun than Earth, it gradually gets closer and looms progressively larger in apparent size.



At inferior conjunction it is nearly six time closer than the superior conjunction. On the other hand, Venus’ greatest illuminated extent in the morning sky (July 10, 2020) comes some 36 days after inferior conjunction (June 3, 2020) yet 36 days before At inferior conjunction it is nearly six time closer than the superior conjunction.



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On 28 April, Venus is so bright that you can see in Late afternoon sky. It shows nearly 25 to 27 percent phase of Venus. It can cast shadow on its maximum illumination extent in dark areas.




Venus is now nearly 3 times brighter and 40 percent larger than it was at its faintest some months ago. And that’s saying something, because Venus always ranks as the second-brightest heavenly body in the night sky (after the moon). It easily outshines all other planets and stars.



Last but not least

  1. Enjoy brightest Venus of year 2020 on 28 April evening till 09:45 pm.

  2. Inferior conjunction Of Venus 2020 on 3 June 2020.

  3. Next maximum illumination extent of Venus on 10 July 2020.

  4. Phase of Venus on 28 April is 27%.

  5. It looks 40 percent more bigger than its normal.

  6. It looks 9 times more brighter than Jupiter and 20 times brighter than brightest star of sky Sirius.

  7. The magnitude of Venus will be (-4.73).

  8. The angular diameter of Venus disc that we can see is nearly 46 arc seconds. It is nearly 10 times when Venus was on itz superior conjunction.

  9. If you have healthy vision then you can see the phase of Venus with unaided eye too, today.

  10. Today Venus can cast shadow in a darker places.


Enjoy brightest Venus from your rooftops and balconies, Happy Venus Hunting


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