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Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 5°46' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 18:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 38° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 41 minutes after the Sun at 21:39.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.5; and Venus will be at mag -4.2. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.

They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

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

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 01h31m10s +04°20' Pisces -10.5 29'26"8
Venus 01h22m10s +09°39' Pisces -4.2 18"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 44° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 27 February 2020
Sunrise
06:46
Sunset
17:59
Twilight ends
19:28
Twilight begins
05:17

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

14%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:22 12:04 17:47
Venus 08:30 15:05 21:40
Moon 09:01 15:18 21:36
Mars 03:35 08:15 12:56
Jupiter 04:18 09:05 13:51
Saturn 04:50 09:42 14:34
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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39.04°N
77.49°W
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