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

Conjunction of Venus and Ceres

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Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 8°10' to the south of 1 Ceres.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 20:49 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 25° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 35 minutes after the Sun at 23:04.

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Venus will be at mag -4.1, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.8, both in the constellation Leo.

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
Venus 10h57m00s +07°34' Leo -4.1 18"5
1 Ceres 10h57m00s +15°45' Leo 8.8 0"0

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

The sky on 21 July 2018
Sunrise
06:00
Sunset
20:30
Twilight ends
22:21
Twilight begins
04:08

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

69%

8 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:06 14:47 21:29
Venus 09:41 16:09 22:37
Moon 15:29 20:46 01:30
Mars 21:12 01:52 06:27
Jupiter 14:42 19:55 01:13
Saturn 18:42 23:27 04:16
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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