Watch Venus and Saturn Conjunction in Free Webcast on Jan. 22

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

On Sunday evening (Jan. 22), skywatchers can witness the close approach of the planets Saturn and Venus in the night sky. Those who don’t want to brave the cold can watch the encounter from the comfort of their homes courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project’s livestream, which will begin at 1:30 pm EST (1830 GMT). The two planets will be separated by less than half a degree, which is less than the angular size of the full moon, and is equivalent to half the width of a finger at arm’s length.Venus is the brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon and will be at magnitude -3.9 during the conjunction. Saturn, famous for its rings, will be at magnitude 0.7, making it 100 times fainter than Venus. The spectacle can be observed with a telescope, binoculars, or the naked eye, though Saturn may be difficult to spot without assistance.The conjunction marks the beginning of the evening apparition of Venus, which will soar high into the heavens by late spring and more than double its brightness. Meanwhile, Saturn will lower in the night sky each subsequent night, leading to its solar conjunction on Feb. 16th, 2023. To observe the conjunction, check out our guides for the best telescopes and binoculars, best cameras for astrophotography, and best lenses for astrophotography.