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

Close approach of Venus and Mars

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Appulses feed

Tags: Appulse
Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
The sky at

The planets Venus and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 3°33' of each other.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 20:53 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 27 minutes after the Sun at 23:00.

Begin typing the name of a town near to you, and then select the town from the list of options which appear below.

Venus will be at mag -4.5; and Mars will be at mag 1.7. Both objects will lie in the constellation Leo.

They 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 pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 09h32m40s +14°59' Leo -4.5 33"6
Mars 09h47m20s +14°36' Leo 1.7 4"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 41° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 01 July 2023
Sunrise
05:25
Sunset
20:33
Twilight ends
22:37
Twilight begins
03:17

13-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

95%

13 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:23 13:00 20:37
Venus 08:52 15:49 22:46
Moon 19:09 23:36 03:12
Mars 09:10 16:06 23:02
Jupiter 01:55 08:46 15:37
Saturn 23:29 04:54 10:20
All times shown in EDT.

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.

Related news

08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
19 Feb 2027  –  Mars at opposition

Image credit

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

Share

Follow

Fairfield

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

41.14°N
73.26°W
EDT

Color scheme