|Tue, 08 Oct 2013 at||09:08 EDT||(1083 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°37' of each other.
From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 14° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 18:57 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 55 minutes after the Sun at 20:34.
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.
The precise positions of the Moon and Venus 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 45° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 08 October 2013|
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|28 Mar 2013, 12:28 EDT||– Venus at superior solar conjunction|
|01 Nov 2013, 22:49 EDT||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|11 Jan 2014, 07:19 EST||– Venus at inferior solar conjunction|
|23 Mar 2014, 02:52 EDT||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.