On March 2, 2023 at 05:36 UTC there will be a very close conjunction between
the two brightest planets: Venus and Jupiter. The apparent distance between
the planets will be only 0.4°. For comparison, this is the approximate apparent
size of the Moon in the sky. Venus and Jupiter will be close enough that we can
see both in the same telescopic field. Apparent magnitude will be -4 for Venus
and -2 for Jupiter. The event will be visible in the evening sky, with the planets
in the constellation Pisces.
In the images below you can see the position of the two planets as seen with
the naked eye and through a telescope on the evenings of March 1 and 2
depending on the place on the globe from where the event is observed.
Illustration Credits: Valentin Grigore AWB Nat'l Coordinator for Romania
For residents of Australia, New Zealand and Asia, the minimum distance
between the planets will be on the evening of March 2.
For European residents, the distance between the two planets will be almost
the same on both dates, March 1 and 2.
For the inhabitants of the two Americas, the minimum distance between the
planets will be on the evening of March 1.
Looking through the telescope, depending on the geographical position, all 4
Galilean satellites or only 3 of them will be visible.
On March 1, the planet Jupiter will be above the planet Venus, and on March 2,
Venus will pass overhead.