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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°28' of each other.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:43 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 34 minutes after the Sun at 21:56.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and Mars at mag 1.8, both in the constellation Leo.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 09h29m50s +16°31' Leo -3.9 11"7
Mars 09h29m10s +16°05' Leo 1.8 3"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 28° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 13 July 2021
Sunrise
05:30
Sunset
20:24
Twilight ends
22:26
Twilight begins
03:28

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

12%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:09 11:36 19:03
Venus 07:53 14:56 21:59
Moon 09:08 16:04 22:59
Mars 07:53 14:55 21:56
Jupiter 22:17 03:41 09:01
Saturn 21:22 02:23 07:20
All times shown in EDT.

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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