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

Conjunction of Venus and Pluto

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Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 3°15' to the south of 134340 Pluto.

From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 8° above the horizon. They will become visible around 17:08 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 11 minutes after the Sun at 17:59.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.6, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 134340 Pluto around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 18h54m30s -23°54' Sagittarius -3.9 10"1
134340 Pluto 18h54m30s -20°39' Sagittarius 14.6 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 13° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 20 December 2014
Sunrise
07:24
Sunset
16:49
Twilight ends
18:25
Twilight begins
05:47

28-day old moon
Waning Crescent

2%

28 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:03 12:37 17:10
Venus 08:28 13:07 17:46
Moon 05:46 10:48 15:51
Mars 10:11 15:12 20:13
Jupiter 20:56 03:53 10:46
Saturn 05:02 10:04 15:05
All times shown in EST.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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