Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 1°54' to the north of 1 Ceres.
From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 11° above the horizon. They will become visible around 17:05 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 38 minutes after the Sun at 18:24.
Venus will be at mag -3.9, and 1 Ceres at mag 9.2, 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 1 Ceres 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 27° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.
|The sky on 30 November 2019|
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All times shown in EST.
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.
|29 May 2019||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|28 Aug 2020||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|27 Nov 2021||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|11 Dec 2022||– 1 Ceres at perihelion|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.