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 Saturn

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The planets Venus and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 2°10' of each other.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:32 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 35° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 51 minutes after the Sun at 21:07.

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Venus will be at mag -4.5; and Saturn will be at mag 1.0. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aquarius.

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.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Saturn 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 23h06m00s -05°32' Aquarius -4.5 26"9
Saturn 23h10m20s -07°25' Aquarius 1.0 16"1

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

The sky on 18 January 2025
Sunrise
07:24
Sunset
17:16
Twilight ends
18:48
Twilight begins
05:52

19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

73%

19 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:41 11:21 16:01
Venus 09:38 15:23 21:08
Moon 21:13 03:43 10:06
Mars 16:38 00:12 07:46
Jupiter 13:37 20:55 04:13
Saturn 09:50 15:28 21:07
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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