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Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Venus and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 5°17' to the south of Mercury.
From San Diego however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 7° above the horizon at dusk.
Venus will be at mag -4.3, and Mercury at mag -0.1, both in the constellation Leo.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.
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 25° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.
The sky on 26 Jul 2023
|The sky on 26 July 2023|
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All times shown in PDT.
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.
|04 Jun 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|21 Oct 2023||– Venus at highest altitude in morning sky|
|23 Oct 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|10 Jan 2025||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.