How To See Venus And Mercury Together After Sunset

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Venus and Mercury: The closest approach of the year

On the evenings of Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22, 2020, Venus and Mercury will make a close approach in the sky. This will be the closest Venus-Mercury encounter of the year — two planets will almost coincide, passing within about one degree of one another. Venus and Mercury will lie in the constellation Taurus. Vesta (4 Vesta), one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, will be located near the two inner planets.

How and where to see?

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The Moon, Venus and Mercury shine together

After the conjunction of Venus and Mercury, both inner planets will be joined by the Moon. On May 23, 24 and 25, 2020, the Moon and two planets will all dance together in the post-sunset sky. The evening of May 24 might be the best for observing the trio, as our natural satellite will be much easier to spot in the sky. That night, it will be sitting above Mercury and Venus. In May 2020, observers will see the year’s final close approach of the Moon and Venus in the evening sky.

( The Moon, Mercury and Venus all together in the evening sky on May 24, 2020. )



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