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

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 at16:39 EDT(1067 days ago)
20:39 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°07' of each other. The Moon will be 26 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 be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:25 (EDT) – 1 hour and 39 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 13° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:45.

The Moon will be at mag -10.6 in the constellation Pisces, and Venus at mag -4.1 in the neighbouring constellation of Aquarius.

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 23h25m40s -00°18' Pisces -10.6 32'05"7
Venus 23h31m00s -04°12' Aquarius -4.1 17"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 43° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 25 April 2014
Sunrise: 06:02
Sunset: 19:45
from 04:20
until 21:27

26-day old moon
Age of Moon:
26 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:04 12:52 19:40
Venus 04:24 10:12 16:00
Moon 03:56 09:53 15:49
Mars 17:37 23:29 05:25
Jupiter 10:13 17:42 01:15
Saturn 20:48 02:00 07:08


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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