The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within a mere 42.7 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 28 days old.
The Moon will be at mag -9.0; and Venus will be at mag -4.3. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.
They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
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 22° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 19 June 2020|
28 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.
|03 Jun 2020||– Venus at inferior solar conjunction|
|08 Jul 2020||– Venus at greatest brightness|
|10 Jul 2020||– Venus at aphelion|
|12 Aug 2020||– Venus at dichotomy|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.