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

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 at13:30 EDT(564 days ago)
17:30 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°02' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 10° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 19:04 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 10° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 19 minutes after the Sun at 20:06.

The Moon will be at mag -9.6, and Venus at mag -3.9, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

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 14h38m10s -10°46' Libra -9.6 29'25"6
Venus 14h38m10s -15°48' Libra -3.9 12"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 03 October 2016
Sunrise
07:07
Sunset
18:48
Twilight ends
20:17
Twilight begins
05:38

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

6%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:43 11:59 18:15
Venus 09:46 14:56 20:06
Moon 09:31 14:59 20:26
Mars 14:04 18:36 23:07
Jupiter 06:38 12:38 18:38
Saturn 12:07 16:59 21:50
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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Image credit

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

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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