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

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 3°04' to the south of 1 Ceres.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:15 (EST) – 4 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 31° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:55.

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Venus will be at mag -4.5, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.9, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

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 15h16m10s -14°36' Libra -4.5 27"1
1 Ceres 15h16m10s -11°31' Libra 8.9 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 29 December 2018
Sunrise
07:16
Sunset
16:31
Twilight ends
18:10
Twilight begins
05:37

22-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

51%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:00 10:38 15:16
Venus 03:28 08:38 13:49
Moon 23:49 05:59 12:08
Mars 11:14 17:14 23:13
Jupiter 05:16 09:59 14:42
Saturn 07:29 12:07 16:46
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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