The ‘morning star’ Venus reaches is at its brightest for 2020 this week. Here’s how to see it.

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On July 10, Venus will reach its greatest illuminated extent, at magnitude -4.47, for the current morning apparition. (Image credit: Starry Night)

Just over a month ago, on June 3, Venus swept almost directly between the sun and Earth. That was the day of its inferior conjunction — its transition from an evening to a morning object. Now it is swinging away from that line, speeding ahead of the Earth in its faster orbit. So, in a telescope during July, it displays a large, brilliant, beautiful crescent that waxes in phase all month while shrinking in size.

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