Towards Conjunction

Tonight, a clear western horizon shows Venus.
I imagine a line to the sunset
which intersects Mercury below it but ascending
each night while Venus descends, their conjunction
next week even if we don’t notice.


Mercury, Venus and the Moon Align.jpg

A conjunction of Mercury and Venus appears above the Moon, as viewed from the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile – Image: ESO/Y. Beletsky, CC BY 4.0


From mid-May through the end of the month, Mercury is visible after sunset below Venus above where the Sun set. Past mid-month, Mercury ascends while Venus descends toward its June 3 passage between the Earth and the Sun and their conjunction will come May 20/21.