The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 2°10' of each other.
From Newark (click to change), 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. They will rise at 03:41 (EST), 1 hour and 50 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 15° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:10.
At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.2, and Venus at mag -4.4, 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 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:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 38° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
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.
© Guylaine Brunet, Canada. The Moon passes through the Pleiades in April 2008.