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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°15' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 28 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:25 (EST) – 1 hour and 57 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:03.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.6 in the constellation Sagittarius, and Venus at mag -4.5 in the neighbouring constellation of Scutum.

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.

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 conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 18h55m40s -18°03' Sagittarius -9.6 33'17"5
Venus 18h55m40s -15°48' Scutum -4.5 53"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 26° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 28 January 2014
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27-day old moon
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27 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:15 13:34 18:54
Venus 05:25 10:35 15:45
Moon 05:05 10:04 15:03
Mars 23:20 05:05 10:48
Jupiter 15:07 22:31 06:00
Saturn 01:53 07:01 12:10
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.

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