Today Venus is at maximum elongation, as high in the sunset sky as it will get for this evening apparition, about 47.1°. After today the planet will begin its slide back into the glare of sunset. It will disappear from view around mid-March and reach inferior conjunction on March 25th, 2017.
As Earth and Venus race about the Sun, Venus will complete about one cycle of appearances each year. We can expect one evening apparition and one morning apparition to occur in 2017.
Venus Events for 2017
|Maximum Elongation||Jan 12||47.1°E||-4.4|
|Inferior Conjunction||Mar 25|
|Maximum Elongation||Jun 3||45.9°W||-4.3|
|Source: NASA Sky Calendar|