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

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 1°33' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 20:50 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 22:42.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Venus at mag -4.1, both in the constellation Leo.

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 10h36m30s +11°41' Leo -10.6 32'45"4
Venus 10h34m40s +10°11' Leo -4.1 17"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 43° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 16 July 2018
Sunrise
05:56
Sunset
20:33
Twilight ends
22:27
Twilight begins
04:02

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

13%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:10 14:58 21:46
Venus 09:33 16:08 22:44
Moon 10:12 16:45 23:18
Mars 21:35 02:16 06:53
Jupiter 15:01 20:14 01:32
Saturn 19:03 23:48 04:37
All times shown in EDT.

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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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