The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Venus

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 at09:08 EDT(1266 days ago)
13:08 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°37' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 18:43 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 51 minutes after the Sun at 20:16.

The Moon will be at mag -10.7 in the constellation Libra, and Venus at mag -4.2 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 around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus 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 Moon 15h54m00s -18°13' Libra -10.7 32'08"6
Venus 15h51m50s -22°49' Scorpius -4.2 19"6

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 08 October 2013
Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 18:26
from 05:28
until 19:57

3-day old moon
Age of Moon:
3 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:16 14:15 19:15
Venus 11:01 15:39 20:17
Moon 11:00 15:56 20:52
Mars 02:47 09:40 16:34
Jupiter 23:40 07:09 14:34
Saturn 09:04 14:22 19:39


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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.




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