Venus and Saturn Swap Positions in the Twilight


January 9th, 2016

Here are a few questions for those of you living in the United Kingdom or North America: Did you see Venus and Saturn in the pre-dawn twilight yesterday? What’s different this morning?

Yesterday, Venus appeared to the upper right of Saturn but now the planets have swapped positions. This isn’t something you’ll see every day!

Observers in Australia will need to wait another day. This morning, the pair will be very close together but by tomorrow Venus will appear to have passed the fainter world.

Take some time to enjoy the view as the pair will begin to drift apart over the next few days and won’t be this close again this year.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for January 9th, 2016

03:52 UT – Venus is 6’ north of Saturn. (Venus: 80% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 13.7”. Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 15.3”. Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)

20:18 UT – The almost new Moon is north of Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.3. Sagittarius, not visible.)

Jupiter increases its apparent diameter to 40.0”. (Magnitude -2.2, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)


Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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