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 Mercury

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 6°20' to the north of Mercury.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 19:09 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 17° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 54 minutes after the Sun at 20:47.

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Venus will be at mag -4.4, and Mercury at mag -0.2, both in the constellation Pisces.

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
Venus 00h21m30s +11°01' Pisces -4.4 54"6
Mercury 00h21m30s +04°40' Pisces -0.2 7"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 21° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 09 March 2025
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


9 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:46 14:06 20:26
Venus 07:22 14:04 20:46
Moon 14:05 21:59 05:42
Mars 13:21 21:03 04:45
Jupiter 11:02 18:28 01:54
Saturn 07:32 13:16 19:01
All times shown in EDT.


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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