The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Lunar occultation of Venus

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Lunar Occultations feed

Objects: Venus

The Moon will pass in front of Venus, creating a lunar occultation visible from countries and territories including Russia, Greenland, eastern Canada and Sweden amongst others.

Unfortunately the occultation will not be visible from Fairfield, though a close conjunction between the pair will be more widely visible.

The map below shows the visibility of the occultation across the world. Separate contours show where the disappearance of Venus is visible (shown in red), and where its reappearance is visible (shown in blue). Solid contours show where each event is likely to be visible through binoculars at a reasonable altitude in the sky. Dotted contours indicate where each event occurs above the horizon, but may not be visible due to the sky being too bright or the Moon being very close to the horizon.

Map showing where the occultation is visible

Outside of the contours, the Moon does not pass in front of Venus at any time, or is below the horizon at the time of the occultation. However, a close conjunction between the pair may be visible.

The map can be downloaded in PNG , PDF or SVG format. A KMZ file , is also available, which can be opened in Google Earth to provide a higher resolution map.

A complete list of the countries and territories where the occultation will be visible is as follows:

Country Time span
Russia 08:31–21:31
Greenland 09:27–01:48
Canada 18:42–01:15
Sweden 11:30–01:58
Norway 11:31–01:59
France 19:14–01:06
Finland 11:48–14:53
Spain 19:12–15:34
Germany 11:10–15:40
Mongolia 13:03–21:15
Poland 11:24–20:52
Great Britain 19:12–01:44
Svalbard 19:03–15:11
Belarus 11:38–20:58
Iceland 18:34–01:51
Kazakhstan 12:15–21:26
Italy 11:00–15:41
Ireland 19:10–01:36
Latvia 11:40–21:00
Czechia 11:19–20:43
Portugal 19:13–15:20
Lithuania 11:39–20:57
Austria 11:12–15:40
Ukraine 11:33–20:53
Estonia 11:45–14:39
Denmark 11:25–01:54
Morocco 19:18–15:17
Netherlands 11:12–15:33
Slovakia 11:24–20:43
Switzerland 11:06–15:39
Belgium 11:10–15:34
Northern Ireland 11:13–01:36
Hungary 11:21–20:41
Slovenia 11:15–02:03
The Canary Islands 19:05–02:10
Faroe Islands 11:40–01:50
Luxembourg 11:11–15:35
Shetland 11:34–01:49
The Portuguese Azores 18:43–00:51
Aland Islands 11:47–01:49
Orkney 11:29–01:46
Mallorca 10:51–15:33
Svalbard and Jan Mayen 18:51–15:08
Isle of Man 11:14–01:33
Andorra 10:54–15:32
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 02:53–00:53
Jersey 11:03–15:25
Guernsey 11:03–15:24
Ibiza 19:26–15:30
Gibraltar 19:21–15:16
Liechtenstein 11:11–15:39
Monaco 11:03–15:38
Madeira 19:06–01:19
The Savage Islands 19:09–02:01
Isla de Albor├ín 19:24–15:19

Lunar occultations are only ever visible from a small fraction of the Earth's surface. Since the Moon is much closer to the Earth than other celestial objects, its exact position in the sky differs depending on your exact location on Earth due to its large parallax. The position of the Moon as seen from two points on opposite sides of the Earth varies by up to two degrees, or four times the diameter of the full moon.

This means that if the Moon is aligned to pass in front of a particular object for an observer on one side of the Earth, it will appear up to two degrees away from that object on the other side of the Earth.

The position of Venus at the moment of the occultation will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 04h17m20s 18°30'N Taurus -4.3 0'51"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:39 14:01 21:22
Venus 04:05 11:17 18:28
Moon 04:05 11:31 19:05
Mars 00:58 06:44 12:31
Jupiter 22:05 02:49 07:32
Saturn 22:23 03:12 08:00
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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.






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