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Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 3°52' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:25 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 55 minutes after the Sun at 21:00.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.6, both in the constellation Pisces.

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.

At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 23h52m10s -03°09' Pisces -10.7 31'37"5
Venus 23h47m30s +00°32' Pisces -4.6 30"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 31 January 2017
Sunrise
07:03
Sunset
17:07
Twilight ends
18:41
Twilight begins
05:29

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

14%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:57 10:36 15:15
Venus 08:51 14:56 21:01
Moon 09:14 15:07 20:59
Mars 09:12 15:17 21:22
Jupiter 22:56 04:36 10:12
Saturn 04:04 08:44 13:25
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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41.14°N
73.26°W
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