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

Close approach of Venus and Jupiter

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Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 1°24' of each other.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 11° above the horizon. They will become visible around 16:45 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 40 minutes after the Sun at 18:05.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and Jupiter at mag -1.9, 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 to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 17h50m30s -24°40' Sagittarius -3.9 11"3
Jupiter 17h50m50s -23°16' Sagittarius -1.9 31"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 26° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.

The sky on 24 November 2019
Sunrise
06:49
Sunset
16:27
Twilight ends
18:04
Twilight begins
05:12

27-day old moon
Waning Crescent

5%

27 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:07 10:23 15:39
Venus 09:02 13:31 18:00
Moon 04:23 09:57 15:31
Mars 04:24 09:44 15:05
Jupiter 08:55 13:30 18:05
Saturn 10:13 14:53 19:33
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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