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

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°16' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 25 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Seattle, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:02 (PDT) – 3 hours and 56 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 24° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:34.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.5, 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 to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

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 conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 15h30m30s -14°10' Libra -10.7 30'34"6
Venus 15h30m30s -15°27' Libra -4.5 26"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 47° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 01 January 2019
Sunrise
07:56
Sunset
16:26
Twilight ends
18:19
Twilight begins
06:04

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

15%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:50 11:01 15:13
Venus 04:01 08:54 13:48
Moon 03:40 08:44 13:49
Mars 11:22 17:25 23:28
Jupiter 05:44 10:05 14:27
Saturn 07:56 12:13 16:29
All times shown in PST.

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.

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