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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°39' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.

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

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:43 (EDT) – 3 hours and 34 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 31° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:57.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.4, and Venus at mag -4.2, both in the constellation Virgo.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will 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 14h05m20s -09°38' Virgo -10.4 29'40"8
Venus 14h05m20s -10°18' Virgo -4.2 16"6

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

The sky on 07 December 2015
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26-day old moon
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26 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:16 12:49 17:22
Venus 03:42 09:11 14:41
Moon 03:32 09:06 14:40
Mars 02:13 08:02 13:51
Jupiter 00:20 06:37 12:55
Saturn 06:38 11:33 16:27
All times shown in EST.


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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