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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 5°24' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 17° above the horizon. They will become visible around 19:52 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 17° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 4 minutes after the Sun at 21:37.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.2, and Venus at mag -3.9, both in the constellation Aries.

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 03h15m20s +12°56' Aries -9.2 32'06"2
Venus 03h15m20s +18°20' Aries -3.9 11"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 22° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 17 April 2018
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


1 day old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:24 11:30 17:36
Venus 07:15 14:26 21:36
Moon 07:35 14:23 21:12
Mars 01:48 06:24 10:59
Jupiter 21:20 02:27 07:29
Saturn 01:11 05:50 10:30
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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