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Close approach of Venus and Mars

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Venus and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 0°24' of each other.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:50 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 23 minutes after the Sun at 19:54.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0; and Mars will be at mag 1.3. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Mars around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 00h07m10s -00°16' Pisces -4.0 11"7
Mars 00h06m30s +00°05' Pisces 1.3 4"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 28° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 22 February 2015
Sunrise
06:38
Sunset
17:35
Twilight ends
19:06
Twilight begins
05:06

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

15%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:25 10:21 15:18
Venus 07:51 13:54 19:57
Moon 08:54 15:28 22:01
Mars 07:48 13:52 19:56
Jupiter 15:49 22:55 06:05
Saturn 01:03 05:57 10:50
All times shown in EST.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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