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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 0°24' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 3 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 11° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:42 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 27 minutes after the Sun at 21:48.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.9, and Venus at mag -4.5, 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 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 10h04m10s +08°54' Leo -9.9 29'43"2
Venus 10h04m10s +09°18' Leo -4.5 42"9

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

The sky on 18 July 2015
Sunrise
05:34
Sunset
20:21
Twilight ends
22:21
Twilight begins
03:34

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

8%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:02 12:33 20:04
Venus 08:35 15:12 21:48
Moon 08:21 14:59 21:38
Mars 04:45 12:17 19:50
Jupiter 08:03 14:57 21:51
Saturn 15:54 20:52 01:55
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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41.14°N
73.26°W
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