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Photos! The close Mercury-Venus conjunction

Mercury-Venus, in a darkening sky, annotated.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kit-fun Ho in Shatin, Hong Kong caught the pair on May 28, 2021. He wrote: “It is fortunate for me to have captured in my photo Venus and Mercury conjunction in the west of NW direction of the cloudy city sky. While taking the picture, I can only see Venus which is very much brighter than Mercury. Afterwards, I look up SkySafari software set, which shows that Mercury is approximately at 11 o’clock direction from Venus. And SkySafari software also shows the brightness of Mercury at magnitude-2.1 and Venus at magnitude-3.9. So my photo of this conjunction seems to match SkySafari data.” Thank you, Kit-fun Ho!

Closest Mercury-Venus conjunction until 2033

It hasn’t been easy, but members of the EarthSky community have caught photos of the close Mercury-Venus conjunction going on now in the west after sunset. It’s the closest Mercury-Venus conjunction until November 5, 2033. Venus is bright and easy to see. It’s a few hundred times brighter than Mercury, which is hard to catch in the glow of evening twilight. Watch for them both shortly after sunset. Binoculars will come in handy.

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Read more about the Mercury-Venus conjunction here.

Mercury-Venus above a wooded hill with scattered house and street lights.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Helio C. Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, caught the pair on May 28, 2021. He wrote: “The image shows Venus and Mercury a few minutes before setting. They were only 0.5 degrees apart and 17 degrees from the sun. Venus was over 200 times brighter than Mercury.” Thank you, Helio!
A twilight sky, with clouds, and the Mercury-Venus conjunction.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Mohd Nazam Anuar of the Johor Astronomy Club in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, caught Mercury and Venus on May 29, 2021. He wrote: “A rare and beautiful conjunction of the 2 inner planets.” Thank you, Mohd!
Venus-Mercury above a rooftop, in a city.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Vermont Coronel Jr. in Quezon City, Philippines captured the pair on May 29, 2021. He wrote: “The closest Venus-Mercury conjunction until 2033, as observed from our rooftop at about 33 minutes after sunset.” Thank you, Vermont!

Bottom line: Photos of the Mercury-Venus conjunction.


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