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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 4°49' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 20:36 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 34 minutes after the Sun at 22:50.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.9 in the constellation Orion, and Venus at mag -4.0 in the neighbouring constellation of Taurus.

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 05h49m20s +20°06' Orion -9.9 32'49"8
Venus 05h49m20s +24°55' Taurus -4.0 12"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 31° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 17 May 2018
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


2 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:08 11:49 18:30
Venus 07:46 15:19 22:51
Moon 08:09 15:21 22:33
Mars 00:56 05:42 10:28
Jupiter 19:16 00:31 05:42
Saturn 23:17 04:06 08:52
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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