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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°12' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.

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

From Washington, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 16° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:04 (MST) – 2 hours and 0 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 16° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:47.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.3, and Venus at mag -4.1, both in the constellation Capricornus.

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 20h12m50s -20°24' Capricornus -10.3 29'27"7
Venus 20h12m50s -19°12' Capricornus -4.1 15"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 40° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 02 March 2019
Sunrise
07:02
Sunset
18:27
Twilight ends
19:53
Twilight begins
05:36

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

12%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:36 13:44 19:52
Venus 05:03 10:05 15:06
Moon 04:59 09:56 14:52
Mars 09:32 16:25 23:17
Jupiter 02:28 07:18 12:08
Saturn 04:17 09:09 14:02
All times shown in MST.

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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37.13°N
113.51°W
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