Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 2°26' to the south of 1 Ceres.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:16 (EDT) – 3 hours and 6 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 28° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:03.
Venus will be at mag -4.0, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.9, both in the constellation Gemini.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 1 Ceres 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 36° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
|The sky on 12 August 2017|
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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.
|21 Oct 2016||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|31 Jan 2018||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|24 Apr 2018||– 1 Ceres at perihelion|
|29 May 2019||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.