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.
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|
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|
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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.
|30 Jan 2025||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|31 May 2025||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|07 Aug 2025||– Venus at highest altitude in morning sky|
|14 Jun 2026||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.