Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 0°20' of each other.
From Ashburn, 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.
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|
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|
15 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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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|08 May 2018||– Jupiter at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.