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

Close approach of Venus and M44

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Venus and M44 will make a close approach, passing within 0°50' of each other.

From Cambridge, the pair will become visible around 20:42 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 58 minutes after the Sun at 23:17.

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Venus will be at mag -4.3, and M44 at mag 3.1, both in the constellation Cancer.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 M44 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
Venus 08h41m30s +20°27' Cancer -4.3 25"5
M44 08h40m20s +19°40' Cancer 3.1 94'59"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 13 June 2015
Sunrise
05:06
Sunset
20:20
Twilight ends
22:34
Twilight begins
02:52

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

9%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:23 11:31 18:38
Venus 08:35 15:58 23:22
Moon 03:15 10:06 16:57
Mars 05:05 12:44 20:23
Jupiter 09:36 16:41 23:46
Saturn 18:14 23:08 04:07
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.

Image credit

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

Cambridge

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42.38°N
71.11°W
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