Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°19' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 27 days old.
From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:29 (EDT) – 1 hour and 42 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 12° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:52.
The Moon will be at mag -9.8, and Venus at mag -4.0, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.
|The sky on 06 February 2016|
27 days old
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.
|26 Oct 2015, 02:59 EDT||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|12 Jan 2017, 10:52 EST||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|03 Jun 2017, 01:58 EDT||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDT||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.