Venus and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 2°24' to the north of Uranus.
From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 19:30 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 35 minutes after the Sun at 22:49.
Venus will be at mag -4.3, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Aries.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Uranus 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 09 March 2020|
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All times shown in EDT.
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.
|10 Jan 2020||– Uranus ends retrograde motion|
|26 Apr 2020||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|15 Aug 2020||– Uranus enters retrograde motion|
|31 Oct 2020||– Uranus at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.