The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°37' of each other.
The pair will visible
in the west in the early evening sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.7 in the constellation Libra, and Venus at mag -4.8 in the neighbouring constellation of Scorpius.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
At a declination of -18°13' , they will be seen to best advantage in the southern hemisphere; it will be possible to see them at latitudes between 51°N and 88°S. At Ashburn, the pair will set 2 hours and 30 minutes after the Sun.
For those with digital setting circles, the precise positions of
the Moon and Venus at the moment of closest approach
will be as follows:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The pair will be at an angular separation of
45° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at
this time of year.
The sky on Tue, 08 October 2013
The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).The positions of deep sky objects in conjunctions are taken from the NGC2000.0