Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°31' of each other.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:39 (EST) – 2 hours and 30 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:49.
Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Saturn at mag 0.5, both in the constellation Virgo.
The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 29° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.
|The sky on 26 November 2012|
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All times shown in EST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.
|25 Oct 2012||– Saturn at solar conjunction|
|28 Apr 2013||– Saturn at opposition|
|06 Nov 2013||– Saturn at solar conjunction|
|10 May 2014||– Saturn at opposition|