Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 0°51' of each other.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:46 (EDT) – 3 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 27° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:27.
Venus will be at mag -4.0; and Jupiter will be at mag -1.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Gemini.
They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Jupiter 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 35° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
|The sky on 12 August 2025|
19 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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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