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Conjunction of Venus and Neptune

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Venus and Neptune will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°04' to the south of Neptune.

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

From Seattle, the pair will become visible around 17:22 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 33 minutes after the Sun at 20:32.

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Venus will be at mag -4.1, and Neptune at mag 7.9, both in the constellation Aquarius.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Neptune 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 23h12m30s -06°16' Aquarius -4.1 14"9
Neptune 23h12m30s -06°11' Aquarius 7.9 2"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 39° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 27 January 2020
Sunrise
07:42
Sunset
17:01
Twilight ends
18:48
Twilight begins
05:55

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

7%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:24 13:10 17:57
Venus 09:21 14:56 20:32
Moon 09:31 14:41 19:51
Mars 04:29 08:44 13:00
Jupiter 06:24 10:38 14:53
Saturn 07:05 11:29 15:52
All times shown in PST.

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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