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Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 1°16' of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old.

From Seattle, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:24 (PDT) – 1 hour and 49 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 12° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:47.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.8; and Venus will be at mag -3.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.

They 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 pair 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 pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 03h57m30s +17°30' Taurus -9.8 30'22"8
Venus 03h56m50s +18°46' Taurus -3.9 12"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 31° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 24 June 2014
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27-day old moon
Waning Crescent


27 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:09 12:41 20:13
Venus 03:25 10:57 18:28
Moon 03:40 11:07 18:33
Mars 14:21 19:55 01:33
Jupiter 07:00 14:47 22:33
Saturn 17:00 21:58 02:59
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.

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