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 5°52' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 20:25 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 43 minutes after the Sun at 21:52.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7; and Venus will be at mag -4.3. Both objects will lie in the constellation Virgo.

They 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.

At around the same time, the pair 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 pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 12h33m40s +01°24' Virgo -10.7 32'09"6
Venus 12h25m30s -04°06' Virgo -4.3 23"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 14 August 2018
Sunrise
06:21
Sunset
20:09
Twilight ends
21:49
Twilight begins
04:41

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

14%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:49 12:35 19:22
Venus 10:12 16:03 21:53
Moon 09:59 16:18 22:29
Mars 19:21 23:49 04:17
Jupiter 13:17 18:28 23:40
Saturn 17:07 21:51 02:35
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.

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