Venus and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°53' to the north of Mercury.
From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:38 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 42 minutes after the Sun at 22:00.
Venus will be at mag -4.2, and Mercury at mag -0.6, both in the constellation Taurus.
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.
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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 18° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 22 May 2020|
29 days old
All times shown in EDT.
Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.
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.
|28 Apr 2020||– Venus at greatest brightness|
|03 Jun 2020||– Venus at inferior solar conjunction|
|08 Jul 2020||– Venus at greatest brightness|
|10 Jul 2020||– Venus at aphelion|