The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 2°43' to the north of Mercury.

From Seattle however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 3° above the horizon at dusk.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and Mercury at mag 0.3, both in the constellation Libra.

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

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

The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 15h37m00s -19°37' Libra -3.9 10"6
Mercury 15h37m00s -22°20' Libra 0.3 8"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 20° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 30 October 2019
Sunrise
07:48
Sunset
17:54
Twilight ends
19:38
Twilight begins
06:04

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

6%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:53 14:11 18:28
Venus 09:42 14:13 18:44
Moon 10:55 15:24 19:54
Mars 06:00 11:37 17:15
Jupiter 11:49 16:02 20:15
Saturn 13:22 17:38 21:55
All times shown in PDT.

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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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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