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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 Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 20:40 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 34 minutes after the Sun at 22:53.

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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 10h57m20s +07°32' Leo -4.1 18"5
1 Ceres 10h57m20s +15°42' 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
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


8 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:47 14:32 21:16
Venus 09:23 15:53 22:23
Moon 15:17 20:29 01:11
Mars 21:04 01:36 06:04
Jupiter 14:30 19:40 00:53
Saturn 18:33 23:11 03:54
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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