The planets Venus and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 5°23' of each other.
Venus will be at mag -4.6; and Mars will be at mag 1.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.
They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.
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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.
|The sky on 02 February 2017|
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All times shown in PST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|29 Oct 2016||– Mars at perihelion|
|26 Jul 2017||– Mars at solar conjunction|
|05 Aug 2017||– Mars at apogee|
|07 Oct 2017||– Mars at aphelion|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.