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

Close approach of the Moon and Venus

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 at00:26 EDT(116 days ago)
04:26 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 2°14' of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:33 (EST) – 2 hours and 52 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:06.

The Moon will be at mag -10.1, and Venus at mag -4.0, 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 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 07h31m30s +18°54' Gemini -10.1 32'36"0
Venus 07h32m10s +21°07' Gemini -4.0 13"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 34° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 19 August 2017
Sunrise 06:26
Sunset 19:58
Twilight ends
21:37
Twilight begins
04:47

27-day old moon
Age of Moon
27 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:38 13:53 20:08
Venus 03:35 10:51 18:08
Moon 04:10 11:16 18:21
Mars 05:47 12:44 19:42
Jupiter 10:49 16:30 22:11
Saturn 15:49 20:36 01:27

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.

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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