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 Jupiter

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 at00:43 EST(428 days away)
05:43 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 2°26' to the north of Jupiter.

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

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:15 (EST) – 3 hours and 8 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 07:03.

Venus will be at mag -4.3, and Jupiter at mag -1.9, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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 Venus and Jupiter 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 16h58m20s -19°37' Ophiuchus -4.3 20"9
Jupiter 16h58m20s -22°03' Ophiuchus -1.9 32"2

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

The sky on 22 January 2019
Sunrise 07:23
Sunset 17:17
Twilight ends
18:50
Twilight begins
05:50

16-day old moon
Age of Moon
16 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:17 12:01 16:46
Venus 04:07 09:03 13:59
Moon 19:32 01:22 08:25
Mars 10:33 16:55 23:17
Jupiter 04:15 09:02 13:48
Saturn 06:16 11:02 15:47

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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