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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°22' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.

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

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:58 (EDT) – 2 hours and 24 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:00.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.2, both in the constellation Aries.

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 Moon 02h51m40s +11°14' Aries -10.7 32'50"3
Venus 02h51m40s +13°36' Aries -4.2 19"8

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

The sky on 20 June 2017
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26-day old moon
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26 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:13 12:49 20:26
Venus 02:57 09:48 16:40
Moon 02:54 09:31 16:08
Mars 06:08 13:43 21:18
Jupiter 13:58 19:47 01:40
Saturn 19:48 00:33 05:14
All times shown in EDT.


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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