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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

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 at16:39 EDT(761 days ago)
20:39 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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This event is visible to the naked eye from Newark.
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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°07' of each other.

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. They will rise at 04:25 (EDT), 1 hour and 39 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 13° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:45.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.6 in the constellation Pisces, and Venus at mag -4.7 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.

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 23h25m40s -00°18' Pisces -10.6 32'05"7
Venus 23h31m00s -04°12' Aquarius -4.7 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
Twilight from 04:20
until 21:27
All times shown in EDT.

26-day old moon
Age of Moon:
26 days



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.