Don’t miss Saturn and Venus together in the night sky tonight

An illustration of the evening sky on Jan. 22 showing the conjunction of Venus and Saturn.


On Sunday (Jan.22) the solar system planets Saturn and Venus will make a close approach to each other in the night sky, separated by no more than the width of a finger. 

At the same time, the two planets will share the same right ascension (the celestial equivalent of latitude) in the sky in an arrangement that astronomers call a conjunction. At the time of the close approach, Venus, the second closest planet to the sun, and Saturn, the solar system’s second largest planet, will be in the constellation of Capricorn.