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 Pluto

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Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 1°23' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:47 (EDT) – 2 hours and 5 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:34.

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Venus will be at mag -4.1, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.0, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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 134340 Pluto 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 19h36m20s -20°22' Sagittarius -4.1 16"1
134340 Pluto 19h36m20s -21°46' Sagittarius 15.0 0"0

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

The sky on 23 February 2019
Sunrise
06:51
Sunset
17:55
Twilight ends
19:24
Twilight begins
05:22

19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

79%

19 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:32 13:27 19:22
Venus 04:41 09:34 14:27
Moon 23:00 03:40 09:29
Mars 09:21 16:11 23:01
Jupiter 02:34 07:19 12:04
Saturn 04:24 09:11 13:58
All times shown in EST.

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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