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

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 at00:17 EDT(442 days ago)
04:17 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 6°50' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 14° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 18:21 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 59 minutes after the Sun at 20:02.

The Moon will be at mag -10.1, and Venus at mag -4.0, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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 17h11m10s -17°56' Ophiuchus -10.1 29'31"1
Venus 17h11m10s -24°46' Ophiuchus -4.0 14"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 37° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 03 November 2016
Sunrise 07:39
Sunset 18:06
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

4-day old moon
Age of Moon
4 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:03 13:09 18:16
Venus 10:55 15:30 20:05
Moon 10:59 15:59 21:00
Mars 13:25 18:08 22:52
Jupiter 05:09 11:00 16:52
Saturn 10:19 15:09 19:59


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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