Mars and Venus will appear just a finger width apart in the sky tonight in ‘planetary conjunction’

Venus and Mars have been moving closer toward each other throughout July and will finally meet in the sky tonight for a planetary conjunction.

According to NASA, the planets will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday.

During this planetary conjunction, Venus and Mars will be visible in the same field of view despite being tens of millions of miles apart in space.

Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said.

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Venus and Mars will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday

Venus and Mars will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday

Venus and Mars will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday

Venus and Mars orbit the sun on either side of Earth, but the two come together in July for a spectacular show that is out of this world.

Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine it by 200 times.

The best viewing time is 9:44pm ET before Mars sets about 23 minutes later at 10:07pm ET.

Also occurring late Monday night into Tuesday morning, a near-Earth asteroid, named 2019 AT6, will pass by Earth. 

Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said

Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said

Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said

This asteroid is about 26 to 59 feet across and will whizz pass our planets at 11,500 miles per hour.

And it is expected to come as close as 883,930 miles.

The most recent planetary conjunction was visible in late February when Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury aligned.

This event is known as ‘triple conjunction’ that will not happen for another five years.

Jupiter was at the bottom of the triangle, closest to the horizon, with Mercury above and to the right and Saturn was the highest of the group and furthest right in the sky.

This was also the closest the worlds have been in more than 20 years.

Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine it by 200 times

Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine it by 200 times

Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine it by 200 times

The next time three planets are in close conjunction won’t be until April 2026 when Mars, Saturn and Mercury will be visible in close proximity from the UK.

That conjunction will see the three worlds form a tighter triangle in the sky than the one expected between Thursday and Sunday this week, astronomers say.

The last big conjunction event saw Jupiter and Saturn align more closely than they had for centuries – appearing as a very bright star over Christmas.

The last time those two worlds came so close was in 1623 and in 1226 before that.

Trios of planets appearing as a triangle are more common, the last saw Venus, Mercury and Jupiter appear together in 2015.

The last trio-conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury was 21 years ago in 2000.

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