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 3°23' of each other. The Moon will be 26 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:31 (EST) – 3 hours and 31 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 29° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:41.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.4, and Venus at mag -4.6, both in the constellation Virgo.

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 14h00m30s -06°49' Virgo -10.4 31'12"0
Venus 13h55m30s -09°58' Virgo -4.6 38"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 41° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.

The sky on 03 December 2018
Sunrise
06:59
Sunset
16:23
Twilight ends
18:01
Twilight begins
05:21

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

12%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:48 10:48 15:48
Venus 03:30 08:58 14:26
Moon 03:02 08:48 14:34
Mars 12:20 17:54 23:27
Jupiter 06:30 11:17 16:04
Saturn 08:59 13:37 18:14
All times shown in EST.

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.

Fairfield

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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