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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°40' of each other.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:45 (EST) – 3 hours and 52 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 39° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:19.

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Venus will be at mag -4.3, and Mars at mag 1.7, both in the constellation Virgo.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the two objects 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 11h39m30s +03°00' Virgo -4.3 22"1
Mars 11h40m00s +03°39' Virgo 1.7 4"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 03 November 2015
Sunrise
06:38
Sunset
17:06
Twilight ends
18:37
Twilight begins
05:07

21-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

51%

21 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:54 11:20 16:47
Venus 02:47 09:00 15:12
Moon 23:14 06:04 12:55
Mars 02:45 09:00 15:15
Jupiter 02:10 08:33 14:56
Saturn 08:32 13:29 18:26
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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