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Conjunction of Venus and Pluto

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Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 1°08' to the south of 134340 Pluto.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 16° above the horizon. They will become visible around 16:43 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 16 minutes after the Sun at 18:39.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, 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 19h34m40s -23°26' Sagittarius -4.0 12"1
134340 Pluto 19h34m40s -22°17' Sagittarius 15.1 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.

The sky on 13 December 2019
Sunrise
07:09
Sunset
16:24
Twilight ends
18:03
Twilight begins
05:30

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

97%

17 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:55 10:42 15:29
Venus 09:26 14:00 18:35
Moon 18:08 00:41 08:11
Mars 04:15 09:20 14:25
Jupiter 08:00 12:35 17:10
Saturn 09:07 13:48 18:28
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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