Venus is currently a crescent phase, as it swings quickly along its orbit between Earth and the sun.
Venus has been shinning brightly for the last few months after sunset, but is quickly approaching what is called Inferior Conjunction, as it passes roughly between the Earth and the Sun in 11 days, 3/22/17. The planet will re-emerge as the “morning star” visible a week or two later, rising before sunrise.
As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂