The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 6°27' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 19:47 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 40° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 59 minutes after the Sun at 23:30.
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.
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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
|The sky on 28 March 2020|
4 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|26 Mar 2020||– Venus at dichotomy|
|29 Mar 2020||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|28 Apr 2020||– Venus at greatest brightness|
|03 Jun 2020||– Venus at inferior solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.