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

Conjunction of Venus and Saturn

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 at22:54 EST(833 days ago)
03:54 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°05' to the north of Saturn.

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

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:49 (EDT) – 2 hours and 42 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 07:11.

Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Saturn at mag 0.4, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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 Saturn 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
Venus 16h42m00s -20°29' Ophiuchus -4.0 13"7
Saturn 16h42m00s -20°34' Ophiuchus 0.4 15"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 36° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 08 January 2016
Sunrise
07:28
Sunset
17:02
Twilight ends
18:37
Twilight begins
05:53

28-day old moon
Waning Crescent

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28 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:06 13:05 18:04
Venus 04:45 09:38 14:31
Moon 05:59 11:00 16:00
Mars 01:36 07:03 12:30
Jupiter 22:17 04:36 10:52
Saturn 04:48 09:41 14:33
All times shown in EST.

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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39.04°N
77.49°W
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