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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 6°15' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:56 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 46 minutes after the Sun at 21:24.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.3, and Venus at mag -4.2, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair 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.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus 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 Moon 01h21m10s +03°17' Pisces -10.3 29'25"7
Venus 01h21m20s +09°33' Pisces -4.2 18"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 42° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 27 February 2020
Sunrise
06:31
Sunset
17:40
Twilight ends
19:12
Twilight begins
04:59

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

12%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:06 11:47 17:28
Venus 08:11 14:48 21:25
Moon 08:43 15:01 21:20
Mars 03:25 07:58 12:32
Jupiter 04:08 08:48 13:28
Saturn 04:39 09:25 14:12
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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41.14°N
73.26°W
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