Venus and Mars closest on February 21 and 22, 2024

Orange sky with a dark silhouette on the bottom left (a mountain). There are 2 dots in the middle of the image, one bigger and brighter than the other.
Listed below are Venus and Mars photographed by EarthSky’s personal Raúl Cortés on February 22 from Monterrey in México. Thanks, Raúl!

Venus and Mars have been getting nearer. Mars is simply now returning to our early morning sky after being behind the solar from Earth. It’ll be rising greater every morning. Venus is descending into the dawn glare. So it’s a really vibrant object close to a faint one! Enjoyable to see. Mars and Venus had been closest to one another on February 21 and 22. Take pleasure in this lovely gallery of photos from photographers within the EarthSky’s neighborhood. You can too share your personal photographs with us.

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Venus, Mars and the moon

Big grey moon at the right side in a black background. There are 2 tiny dots to its left side, 1 on the upper left and another one to the bottom left.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | Eliot Herman from Tucson, Arizona, shared this composite picture with us and wrote: “The day after closest conjunction, when climate was higher. Word purple Mars. The moon was not in body, its picture was captured 2 hours previous to the breaking-dawn seize of Venus and Mars, and inserted for scale to indicate the separation is larger than the moon’s diameter.” Thanks!

Venus and Mars on February 21

Venus and Mars: Dark landscape with a mountain to the bottom left. There are 2 bright dots over the mountain.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | EarthSky’s personal Raúl Cortés shared this beautiful picture of our favourite cosmic duo, Venus and Mars, on February 21. Thanks, Raúl!
Dark sky and orange horizon. There is a mountain on the left side, with 2 little white dots over it.
Examine this excellent view! Don’t Venus and Mars look wonderful? Thanks, Raúl.
Landscape covered in trees and branches. There is an orangish horizon among the trees, and 2 dots at the top, in a blue sky not covered by the trees.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | Stephen Bloodsworth from Silver Spring, Maryland, took this photograph on February 21 and wrote: “Venus and Mars rising. It was very troublesome to see Mars unaided. In actual fact, I didn’t see it till processing the picture. Fortunately, it was unobstructed by timber and in location.” Thanks, Stephen!
Pinkish sky with dark clouds. A bigger whitish dot at the top, and a smaller reddish dot under it.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | Roberto Burkle at Playa del Carmen, México, took this photograph of vibrant Venus and reddish Mars on February 21. ¡Gracias, Roberto!


Dark landscape with trees and bushes in the foreground. Pinkshish and bluish sky with a small dot closer to the horizon and a bigger dot higher in the sky.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | Peter Kisselburgh from Thomaston, Connecticut, shared this picture of Venus on the prime and Mars on the underside on February 19. Peter wrote: “I got here out this morning to observe my evening work, beginning to get ready for the eclipse. I used to be taking totally different exposures of Venus and Mars. One body caught these wild clouds that will need to have shaped and disappeared very quick.” Thanks!
Orange sky with trees in the foreground. The silhouette of a bird on the top of a branch and a bright dot to the top right.
View at EarthSky Neighborhood Pictures. | Eliot Herman from Tucson, Arizona, took this photograph of Venus on February 20. Eliot wrote: “Venus-Mars conjunction planning shot session. I arrange my telescope, and the morning earlier than the conjunction, I assessed the altitude of Venus above the horizon and the rising glow of breaking daybreak to plan the shot. Whereas exterior checking the arrange, the native owl determined to land on a close-by mesquite and watch my actions. This isn’t uncommon, my astronomy attracts the native wildlife viewers, with the javelina trying out the evening actions, the hummingbirds watching my photo voltaic observations, and infrequently the evening hawks buzz me and my telescope at nightfall and daybreak, and I’ve had my altercations with massive spiders over who has rights to make use of the telescope house …”. Hahaha. Thanks, Eliot!

Backside line: Did you miss vibrant Venus and reddish Mars closest collectively? Don’t fear, we compiled a gallery of great EarthSky neighborhood photographs, displaying this cosmic duo.


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