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 Mars

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Mars will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 3°59' to the north of Mars.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:13 (EDT) – 1 hour and 56 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 14° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:53.

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Venus will be at mag -4.5, and Mars at mag 1.2, both in the constellation Capricornus.

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 Mars 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 20h27m50s -16°06' Capricornus -4.5 27"0
Mars 20h27m50s -20°06' Capricornus 1.2 4"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 12 March 2022
Sunrise
06:09
Sunset
17:57
Twilight ends
19:29
Twilight begins
04:37

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

73%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:38 10:58 16:18
Venus 03:58 09:03 14:07
Moon 12:04 20:04 04:58
Mars 04:13 09:02 13:51
Jupiter 06:03 11:44 17:25
Saturn 04:55 10:02 15:08
All times shown in EST.

Source

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.

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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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