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

Conjunction between the Moon and Venus

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 at07:08 MDT(662 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.

From Washington (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 19:21 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 15° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 0 minutes after the Sun at 21:04.

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.

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 Moon 15h54m00s -18°13' Libra -10.7 32'08"6
Venus 15h51m50s -22°49' Scorpius -4.8 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 8 October 2013
Sunrise: 07:34
Sunset: 19:06
Twilight from 06:08
until 20:32
All times shown in MDT.

3-day old moon
Age of Moon:
3 days

RiseCulm.Set
Mercury09:4514:5220:00
Venus11:2816:1621:05
Moon11:3716:4021:44
Mars03:3010:1817:05
Jupiter00:3107:4615:01
Saturn09:3614:5920:22

Source

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 catalogue.

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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.