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

Close approach of Venus and Uranus

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Venus and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°10' of each other.

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 04:12 (EDT) – 1 hour and 46 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:38.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible 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 Venus and Uranus 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
Venus 00h56m30s +04°03' Pisces -4.0 15"2
Uranus 00h54m40s +05°09' Pisces 5.9 3"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 40° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 15 May 2014
Sunrise
05:56
Sunset
20:14
Twilight ends
22:02
Twilight begins
04:08

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

98%

16 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:55 14:26 21:58
Venus 04:16 10:31 16:47
Moon 21:28 01:30 06:35
Mars 16:15 22:09 04:07
Jupiter 09:28 16:50 00:16
Saturn 19:33 00:49 06:01
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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