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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 6°11' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 5° above the horizon at dusk.

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The Moon will be at mag -8.5, and Venus at mag -3.9, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus 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
The Moon 19h07m40s -17°28' Sagittarius -8.5 32'36"3
Venus 19h07m40s -23°39' Sagittarius -3.9 10"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 15° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 22 December 2014
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

30-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


30 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:01 12:27 16:54
Venus 08:21 12:54 17:27
Moon 07:32 12:28 17:25
Mars 09:57 14:55 19:52
Jupiter 20:28 03:29 10:26
Saturn 04:45 09:41 14:38
All times shown in EST.


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.


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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