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 Jupiter

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Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 0°20' of each other.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 20:56 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 26 minutes after the Sun at 23:01.

Venus will be at mag -4.4, and Jupiter at mag -1.8, both in the constellation Leo.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 Venus and Jupiter 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 09h35m20s +14°54' Leo -4.4 32"4
Jupiter 09h36m10s +15°11' Leo -1.8 31"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 42° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 01 July 2015
Sunrise
05:46
Sunset
20:38
Twilight ends
22:37
Twilight begins
03:48

15-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

98%

15 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:28 11:43 18:58
Venus 09:16 16:08 23:01
Moon 20:15 00:21 05:21
Mars 05:23 12:52 20:20
Jupiter 09:14 16:08 23:02
Saturn 17:16 22:18 03:25
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.

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