Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°10' of each other.
From Seattle, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 9° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:05 (PST) – 1 hour and 29 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:10.
Venus will be at mag -4.0; and Uranus will be at mag 5.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.
They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Uranus around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
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|
16 days old
All times shown in PDT.
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.
|02 Apr 2014||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|07 Oct 2014||– Uranus at opposition|
|06 Apr 2015||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|11 Oct 2015||– Uranus at opposition|