Just after sunset on February 21st and 22nd, our two closest neighbours– Venus and Mars – will pass close by each other near the western horizon. The two bright planets will be observable within only half a degree of each other in the evening sky before they set, around 9:20 pm with the thin crescent Moon adding a nearby magical touch.

Conjunctions occur when two celestial bodies pass very close to each other in the sky.

Weather permitting, the conjunction of Venus and Mars can be seen with the naked eye for nearly an hour before the two planets set below the horizon.

Several conjunctions will occur during the next several months, but the most interesting one will occur on July 1, when Venus will meet Jupiter.