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

Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 2°45' of each other. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 19:39 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 54 minutes after the Sun at 22:15.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.1, and Venus at mag -4.0, both in the constellation Aries.

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.

At around the same time, the two objects 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 02h18m10s +11°19' Aries -10.1 32'37"3
Venus 02h15m30s +14°00' Aries -4.0 13"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 34° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 22 March 2015
Sunrise
07:09
Sunset
19:22
Twilight ends
20:51
Twilight begins
05:40

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

8%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:41 12:18 17:54
Venus 08:35 15:25 22:14
Moon 08:45 15:23 22:02
Mars 08:04 14:36 21:07
Jupiter 15:07 22:11 05:19
Saturn 00:25 05:24 10:22
All times shown in EDT.

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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Longitude:
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39.04°N
77.49°W
EDT

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